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Web Hosting in Thailand FAQ

Unsure about using any form of web hosting in Thailand? Then let us help you to get a bit more comfort and clarity. Use this FAQ below, and you can easily decipher some of the most common questions you might have about using a web hosting platform in Thailand.

Web hosting – what is it?

The main we get asked is what web hosting actually is. This is a form of data storage that keeps your website operating on a server. The quality of the server will, in some ways, determine the loading speed of your website as well as the quality of support that you get when you have issues. The higher you pay, the more likely you are to get a service which meets your needs. For simple websites, standard ‘shared hosting’ is the choice – for larger and a little more demanding websites, ‘VPS Hosting’ and ‘Dedicated Server Hosting’ are most commonly used.

What is shared web hosting?

The concept of shared web hosting is simple: your website will be shared on a single server with other smaller websites. Not every website needs its own server, so often multiple website domains are kept on the one server to avoid wasted space. It will, though, limit everything from the standard of performance to the kind of space you have to work with. Shared hosting is often fast enough for a normal website, but larger websites may need more hosting space.

Those who cannot afford dedicated hosting, though, might find help with a more upmarket shared hosting plan. This might give you close to dedicated server space in return. Most of the time, though, all shared hosting plans will come with the same tools and services for all websites on the shared hosting plan to utilise.

What is the difference between shared and VPS hosting?

The main difference is in how exclusive the service is, with shared hosting, you have to contend with other people using the server space, too, dwindling potential speeds. It also means that server support and assistance is shared with the other users. It is the equivalent of your website living in an apartment when a VPS is more like having your own home.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is much the same as dedicated server hosting. You are given your own private space on a virtual server, to run your website from. This means you also have dedicated support, server control and access, thus improving your ability to use more bandwidth and to have more visitors without a drop-off in performance.

Another big change between VPS to shared hosting is how PHP mail() functions work. This has been stopped on many shared hosting platforms, as it protects users from those who use PHP mail() spamming. This form of mailing often results in bans and blacklists, which would impact on all parties on the server. As such, shared hosting often bans the use of PHP mail() functionality.

Should I avoid using shared hosting?

No. The majority of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) do not need more than shared hosting. Shared hosting is affordable, cost-effective, easy to get ready for your business and usually requires little technical expertise on your end. They can often be easily adapted for things like WordPress, too, making it perfect for those with little time and ability.

Shared hosting is not the perfect choice for those looking to make their website usage more ambition. It is easy to use, but it does have some limits. For one, you are not in control of the whole server, this means that server space and bandwidth is limited. You cannot adjust or improve your server, and it means that you may need to migrate if you soon outgrow the shared space that you are using. So, these are important things to consider.

Shared hosting is most commonly aimed at those who wish to get their website started. As you grow in size and reputation, traffic demands might mean that you have to move to a more robust hosting option. If this is your first time managing a website, though, shared hosting is often the best place to start for affordability and ease of setup.

Why should I use VPS Hosting?

VPS hosting, as mentioned above, is similar to dedicated server hosting. It is a powerful form of hosting that uses a machine to mimic the idea of a dedicated server. It is used on a shared server hosting platform but creates a dedicated space for each user within that. Your physical servers will still retain position in a data centre that is secured. However, the VPS comes with even more power than a shared hosting platform as it gives you total control over things like the operating system used, the disk space allocation and your general bandwidth needs.

It is the half-way house between using shared hosting and dedicated hosting. Though not as powerful as a fully-fledged dedicated sever, it is also more affordable. If your website has outgrown a shared hosting platform but maybe needs less than full dedicated hosting, you should take a look at this kind of hosting. By unlocking new features not previously accessible without making you pay too much, you can get a happy medium from shared to dedicated hosting.

However, you will need to have more idea about server setup and using command line prompts. Most VPS’s come without a cPanel fitting, either, so you may wish to consider installing cPanel to make your life easier (albeit at increased cost). VPS hosting is most suited to those who are looking to help scale beyond a simple shared server. It often provides greater flexibility than normal shared hosting but comes without the same large setup costs that you might wish to avoid.

Many people like to use VPS hosting as it is powerful, but others avoid it due to the technical skills needed. It is great for those who want to help improve business performance, though, and is especially useful if you can find someone to help you manage your VPS server.

Is dedicated server hosting my preferred choice or option?

When you want a server that is fast, effective, and totally customisable, dedicated serves make your best choice. They are often much easier to control in any way that you wish but do need a more advanced eye for hosting. It will give you complete control over the make-up of the server, though, allowing for much easier and more progressive improvements. From giving you far better bandwidth (thus increasing your user loads) to making your website back-end totally customisable, this is the advanced option for many people.

Indeed, larger companies will normally find that a dedicated server option is useful for them. If you are looking to get a large number of users to your website, you need to have a platform that can withstand the load. You are in total control of the hosting platform and can also manage everything from the set-up to the optimisation of the server itself.

We recommend that those who are serious about taking their website to the next level look at aplushosting.asia dedicated server hosting in Thailand. While it might be more complex to set-up, the potential is incredible. For those who need hosting without any limits, you can find that dedicated server hosting is the ideal place for you to start.

What is a domain name? Do I need one?

Your domain name is the name of the website – every website has a name. You must purchase a domain name from a domain registrar. They could cost you small amounts of baht per year, or multiple thousands – even hundreds of thousands, depending on the name and popularity of the domain itself. Every domain point to an Internet Protocol (IP) address. Instead of making everyone remember IP addresses by their 10-digit form, though, domain names give us the ‘name’ of the website (www dot example dot com) so we can easily remember and find websites we wish to visit. For example, google.com IP address is 173.194.79.99, the name google.com is obviously most easy to remember.

Registering a domain name is simple. You can do so through aplushosting.asia domain registrar: simply use the search function for the domain name, or, carry out a WHOIS lookup on the domain and find out if you can buy it. Then, you can buy it through our hosting platform or through a domain registrar for the agreed price.

Does SSL matter for my website?

Reputationally and structurally, yes. Many people will not wish to use a website if it is not fully secured and encrypted. If you are not using any of our web hosting packages, You must receive SSL certification from a Certificate Authority – and doing that will make people much more likely to use your website. We recommend that you do so as soon as is possible. Contact us today if you would like to know more about our SSL policy, so that we can get your set-up put in place to protect your online usage.

The majority of SSL certificates will come from an authority who uses Trusted Root CA certification. To find out who provides your certification, click on the little padlock that appears next to the domain name of the website on your browser. This will show you the issuer, and let you then research their protocol and purpose to determine if they are legitimate and trustworthy. As ever, feel free to contact us if you are unsure about the credibility of a provided SSL certificate.

You can have as many SSL certificates as you need for your website, and we recommend that you do not hold back. Every website should be secured. At BUSINESS, we make sure that all of our shared hosting packages are SSL secured from the start, but we also offer high levels of security for those who might want to further improve their security standards. We use SSL certificates which are recognised by as many as 95% of internet browsers and users.

What kind of SSL strength do I need?

Typically, you want to get SSL security with 40-bit and 128-bit security specifically. Some site owners might want to go higher, though, with 256-bit security recommended on some web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox. The best SSL certificates are all 256-bit encrypted, and we can help you to make sure that you get the correct volume of SSL certificate per your needs.

The higher the number, the more likely it is that your SSL certificate will be seen by more users as inherently trustworthy. With most reliable and authentic CAs recognised by major web browsers and browser vendors, you can feel comfortable using most forms of 256-bit SSL encryption. As ever, we will be happy to help you evaluate the quality of the encryption you have and determine what you need to do if you wish for a greater level of protection.

Is my website stored anywhere as a backup?

You should always look to back up your website as regularly as you can, and we recommend that you do so by using plug-ins that are built in to your website control system. You could also lift the website files directly from the server using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client.

Aplushosting.asia make frequently secure backups on all web hosting packages for all of your website needs. You also have the option to configure your own backup ratio in your client page, both for web hosting and VPS hosting. Contact us today if you are interested in making sure that your website details are secured in the correct manner.

Still need help?

Then do not be afraid to contact us. We want you to fully understand the benefits of web hosting in Thailand. Whether you want more help with SSL security or for picking the right kind of project, we will be more than happy to help you do that. Contact us today, and we can help you to make the right calls as soon as is possible.