When looking for a new website host, you’re likely to be considering how it will enhance the responsiveness of your website as well as how secure, reliable, and cost-effective it is. Of course, there are other factors to prioritise too, such as its compatibility with your technology requirements.
Therefore, we’ve outlined the aspects you need to consider and questions you need to ask your potential hosting provider when trying to select the right-fit host for your web stack.
Does the server support your OS?
Because the operating system will be the main deciding factor when it comes to finding a suitable server, it will be the first checkpoint when scoping out if a new host supports the one your website is run on.
When it comes to Nimbus, we support the following Linux based web stacks in our range of STORM packages that are cloud VPS based:
But, so that we can provide hosting for everyone, we also offer a dedicated server option for WAMP web stacks that are Windows-based or a more specialised web stack such as WISA or MAMP.
What kind of web server does the host support?
Once you’ve determined if a hosting provider can support your operating system you are pretty much there; however, the rest of the web stack requirements may determine the package they put you on.
At Nimbus STORM runs on Nginx as its primary web server but can also support Apache meaning our Cloud VPS packages are a great solution for Linux based web stacks that also run on these web servers.
For a web stack that has an Apache or Nginx web server, but is Windows-based, our dedicated package will support you.
Does the host support your scripting languages?
The third consideration is to make sure that your host can support the language you’re building your website with. Our STORM packages are developed to support WordPress and Magento websites and therefore run on the scripting language PHP. If you have a website coded in Java, our dedicated server solution will be the one for you.
Furthermore, check whether they regularly keep up to speed with updates and automatically configure new sites with the latest versions to ensure enhanced security. At Nimbus, we always support the latest version of PHP, to avoid you having to remember to update the PHP version you are on.
What database does the host support?
Once you have a hosting provider that supports a LAMP web stack, it means they will almost certainly support MySQL. Our STORM packages are built to support this type of database.
Depending on the size of your project, you may require more than one database; you should check whether the host offers unlimited databases so that you can scale as and when it’s necessary. If your web stack uses a Microsoft SQL Server, we provide a dedicated server package to accommodate for this requirement.
Your solution stack and the objectives for your web development will determine the kind of hosting service you require. At Nimbus, we know that you can’t sell what you don’t have, so we’ve worked hard to build a hosting service that caters for the best and most frequently used web stacks on the market, such as WordPress and Magento—which are predominantly LAMP based. We want to help you create the best looking, safest, most user-friendly website ever. That’s why each package in our price plan comes with a detailed spec that will help you to decide whether we’re a technological match. Have a look here. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the benefits and features of our service, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.