Are you frustrated from the wasted hours you have spent searching for operating solutions for your brand new site? Have you heard about something called Drupal hosting? Drupal hosting is a great, reliable choice for any new website. However, just as with other types of hosts, you should make your choice with care.
Drupal Hosting Requirements
There are several key requirements for anyone wishing to use Drupal hosting. They must have MySQL 4.1, PHP 4.3.5 and either IIS 5 or Apache 1.3 at the very least. However, to get the most from Drupal hosting, it is best to have MySQL 4.1, PHP 5.2 and IIS 7 or Apache 2.2. URL rewriting is the biggest facet of Drupal but it does not tend to work well when using Windows or IIS hosting. So use an Apache-based host instead. Although PHP4 allows Drupal to function well, using PHP5 is better. Make sure you also use Apache 2.2 because when this is combined with PHP5, they enhance one another’s functioning.
Software and Hardware
While it is relatively easy to find a host that meets the software and server requirements, software is only a tiny portion of what you need to be concerned about. You must find a host that can work well on server hardware with a lot of power. It should have a minimum of two CPUs, each with four cores, adding up to eight cores. The hard drive should also feature 8GB of RAM as well as a RAID10 configuration in order to give you super-fast website speed. There are quite a few hosts that work fine with the hardware listed above but they have problems with their host overselling. Anyone who falls for overselling tends to experience slow website speeds. Find a Drupal hosting service that specifically states they do not and will never oversell.
If you are curious as to how your server became so heaped up, you should try running your site through something called a performance grader. One you run a website, you will be able to scroll down until you find the section called “Grades, Generation Time.” In this section, you can see how fast the server is able to generate your site page. The ideal number to achieve with Drupal hosting lies between 0.3-0.5 seconds.
Experience and Data Protection
Anyone who has never used a Drupal hosting service should seek a host with prior Drupal hosting experience so if there are any issues, the host will have the ability to provide quick and accurate help. Also, there is the subject of solid backup systems, which is an aspect that usually never comes across most people’s minds. Although a good bit of website owners backup their site weekly and use cPanel for backing up information, it is recommended to take a different approach. An excellent Drupal host will store backup data in a separate data center; this action is referred to as continuous data protection, or CDP.