Before Choose Hosting
November 01, 2007
service offering turnkey packet, from planning, designing, programs, till
physical maintenance our site. If you want to use this turnkey packet better
to evaluate accurate all the option present, make sure to get write estimate
price with hour to hour tariff as well it cost recapitulation to every phase
If we have decide to choose web hosting with good service, economical,
customer friendly then the next is several question maybe can help you :
1. How fast and
stable their connectivity to internet? Are they can guarantee service and
support 24 hours? Are they have uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) and good
Of course it will be hurt if we spend tens million money to built a site but
what you get only complaint from our visitors because our site is very slow.
The web hosting service better has minimum 2 connectivity to internet at
speed 2 mbps or higher. Better if has direct connection to Indonesia
Internet Exchange (IIX) if targeted to audience in Indonesia.
2. How long
they have operated? How many employee they have?
For serious web site, you need to avoid a start-up web hosting company.
Admittedly, start-up web hosting company will gainful if you are looking for
cheap service. But if you want run the business seriously, want or not you
have to choose a good service that has a professional programmer, network
specialist and good costumer service staff.
3. Are they
giving full serves domain name, example www.yourdomain.com?
Several hosting service won’t care to make alias that needed to support many
different domain name. As a change some time they offering address form like
www.providerhosting.com/yourdomain/ that of course not as cool as
www.yourdomain.com. So, if your ISP or hosting provider can't support domain
name fully, better to think to looking for the others.
4. How much
megabyte data may deposit? Are there additional expenses to big traffic that
pass through your site?
Try to looking for provider which can give 25 MB in minimum that standard
generally now. For bigger site probably will need bigger space. Generally
provider / web hosting will ask additional payment for over limit bandwidth.
Therefore we need planning how big data that be transferred every month and
how much money be needed if we over the limit.
5. What traffic
report form that given by hosting service is?
Of course we must get traffic report which containing our site visited. Will
much more data can we get with traffic report, base on the report present
will really helpfully tune our site base on reader needed and request.
6. Ho do you
update web page? Have you File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access?
Most common up-date method and easy is editing that web page in our computer
and up-loading (transferring) that file to web server using FTP program.
7. Is hosting
service supporting CGI so we can use form, data base lookers and image map?
If you want get a form/image map you must have full access to CGI -bin
directory. CGI directory (Common Gateway Interface) where you put script and
any program that run by web deposited. Generally hosting service will give
8. Is there any
security that guarantees hacker/cracker can't come in?
Can not deny security is one of the most important things in business on
internet. To this day there is not even one technology that so perfect that
can bearing up cracker attack. How can we minimizing this attack
possibility? The simplest way is ask is it providing a specialist in
security / network security. Yah... nothing you can do, if there are nobody
network security specialist in that provider better you move to another
Usually we want hear is how they monitoring activity at network for 24 hours
which can detect unusual activity before it do any harmed. Usually they have
any program to firewall or to solve general security problem. To you who
want learn about security problem seriously better begin to read National
Institute of Computer Security Resource Clearinghouse csrc.nist.gov SANS
Institute www.sans.org Rootshell www.rootshell.com.