If you’re brand new to server hosting, or if you’ve been using servers for years, you know how confusing the world of server hosting can be. With so many different server types, providers, and applications out there, it’s easy to get lost in it all.
That’s why it’s so easy for new server owners to make mistakes. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated.
In this article, we’ll outline 5 mistakes every new server owner makes, and how to avoid them.
1. Choosing the Wrong Server Type
By far the most common mistake new server owners make is choosing the wrong server type. There are many different types of web hosting out there, including:
- Shared Web Hosting
- Reseller Web Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Hybrid Server Hosting
- Cloud Server Hosting
- Dedicated Servers
- Server Clusters
Each hosting package has its benefits and pitfalls, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project requirements today as well as what resources you may need 1 year from now.
Migrating hosting is no easy task, and often involves some downtime. You’ll want to choose a plan that will meet your needs for a while so you aren’t constantly upgrading to a new plan. You should pick a web host that offers several different types of servers like ServerMania, so you have plenty of options when the time comes to upgrade.
How do I find the best server for my project?
We’ve created a short quiz to help you find the best server type. It will help you find the best server based on your needs.
2. Choosing the Wrong Web Host
Partnering with the wrong web host can be disastrous for your business. The wrong provider will have you plagued with server downtime and leave you waiting for hours or even days for a response to support requests.
Choosing the cheapest web hosting provider is the fastest way to find some of the worst providers in the industry. Make sure you compare prices across a variety of providers so you are aware of what a fair price for the service may be.
How do I know I’m working with the right web host?
Look for these key signs to know you’re choosing the best web hosting provider for your project. The company should have:
- At least 10 years of industry experience
- Clear uptime SLA policies and 100% network uptime guarantees
- Guaranteed support response times in 15 minutes
- A wide variety of server options
- Large-scale clients in a variety of industries
- Live chat, phone, and email support available when you need it
Finding a provider like ServerMania who meets all of these options may be difficult, but you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you have chosen the best hosting provider.
3. Choosing the Wrong Operating System
Having to switch operating systems have a server has already been established with active users is a daunting task. That is why it is important to select the right operating system right off the bat.
Linux will be the most common choice for many server applications, but you still need to determine which Linux distribution you should run.
Review the software requirements of the applications you plan on running on the server. If they run on multiple operating systems, then you should choose the OS that you are most familiar with and that has the most community support. Operating Systems like Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS have large communities to help with common questions, so they will be easier to work with than lesser known distributions.
4. Underestimating Complicated Server Management Tasks
Let’s face it: many of us are not experts at every aspect of server management. You may be a brilliant PHP developer, but that does not mean that you will be a guru at recompiling apache in the middle of the night.
When you setup a new server, that are so many mistakes you can make that expose your server to security risks. Without years of server management experience, you can’t be expected to know about all these little details.
How do I avoid this mistake?
If you’re running a server that will be accessible by other users or your customers, it’s important that you consult with a professional to setup and maintain your server. We offer a variety of server management packages from monitoring to complete server management to fit all needs and budgets.
Using a competent server management team is the easiest way to avoid mistakes. As you gain more experience with servers and managing a server, you can decide if you would rather handle the bulk of server management yourself. Most people these days are choosing to focus their energy on their business and leave the messy work of server management to the pros at ServerMania.
5. Not Asking for Help
As a new server owner, it’s easy to want to spend hours trying to figure everything out yourself. But at some point you need to realize that there are so many people out there who can help you solve problems on your server, and they’ll probably come up with a much better solution than you could even imagine.
There are many places that new server owners can receive help from. Google, Stack Overview, the ServerMania Knowledgebase, and our support team are all excellent resources to help you conquer any server challenge.
Don’t waste hours or days trying to solve every problem on your own. Trust the server professionals at ServerMania and we’ll ensure you have the tools and resources you need to run the best servers.
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities for new server owners to make mistakes. But if you take the time to do your research and choose the right provider, you can avoid these mistakes easily.
Contact ServerMania today and we’ll ensure you get the absolute best server at an unbeatable price.