Web Hosting Strategy/Tips for Managing Multiple Websites

If you are making a comfortable living from the
Internet and the Web or have a plan to achieve that goal, it’s likely
that you are running more than ten websites. The websites are your
virtual offices. You want to your sites to be up and running 365 days, 7
days a week and 24 hours a day. Managing multiple websites is a
daunting task if running one website is a hobby. 
Proposed Hosting Strategy for Managing Multiple Websites
The hosting strategy we propose is to host your
multiple major websites with 3-4 different hosting companies, and open a
reseller account with another hosting company for 1) small and new
websites, 2) web development and 3) t:backup. t:Hosting with too many
hosting companies will significantly increase the time and the
difficulty of managing sites, and using a single hosting company isn’t a
smart choice either.
Justification of the Hosting Strategy
Cost – Cost of the Web hosting isn’t an issue for
running a single web site whether it costs $5 or $25 a month. The
difference is only a few hundred dollars or less a year. It’s always
nice and smart to get the most out of every single dollar in doing
business. At least, a few hundred dollars difference wouldn’t make or
break a business. If you run 10 or even 50 websites, the cost of Web
hosting alone will define the success or failure of your online
adventure. To cut the hosting cost, the option is to use a reseller
hosting account to host as many small or new sites as you want for about
$15 a month. You host one or 2 major websites with one hosting company.
Shared hosting account costs under $10 a month, and dedicated server
will cost $50 or more a month. 
Uptime – If your bread-and-butter maker website is
down for a few hours, you’ll lose hundreds of dollars and more. Even
though most hosting companies promise 99.9% uptime, it’s not common to
see a website down for a few hours. A site could be down for a half day
or even more if a hosting company is doing a major update. The hosting
company may do the update in a weekend or a major holiday, but that’s
when many family-oriented and travel sites generate their revenues. If
you could afford the loss of revenues, many websites owners can’t bear
the psychological loss and pressure. Hosting your sites with a few
hosting companies will reduce the risk of downtime. 
Application Development – For simple web application,
webmasters will do development on the same production hosting site. If
your t:ecommerce applications are complex, doing development on the
production site may bring down the live site especially if you’re in the
process of changing configuration files or install customized
applications. The option is setup a website on your reseller account for
development and testing, and move the applications to production
account on another server after the completion.
Backup – If you’re not happy with a hosting company, a
hosting company is out of business, or the servers will be down for a
day or two, you can easily temporarily or permanently switch from one
hosting company to other since you’re familiar with the site managing
tools already. If you have a backup or secondary copy running on another
server, all you need for the switch is the transfer of the domain,
which will take no more than a minute. 
Shop Before You Buy
There’re too many hosting plans to choose from a large
number of hosting companies – ASP Web Hosting, Budget Hosting,
Dedicated Servers, eCommerce Hosting, FrontPage Web Hosting, Hosting
With Templates, Managed Web Hosting, t:PHP Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting,
Shared Hosting, Unix / Linux Hosting, Virtual Private Servers, Windows
Hosting or Co-location Hosting. Compare the cost, hosting features,
tracking records of hosting companies before making your commitment.
Good luck with your online adventures.
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