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Recommended business website hosting questions to ask before hosting your website in Milton Keynes

Reliable website capacity planning advice from Milton Keynes website developers for web visitor satisfaction. Answer the critical questions any online Milton Keynes business needs to know before hosting their website. Find out what web developers in Milton Keynes recommend when capacity planning your website hosting.

Without website capacity planning you may risk running out of resources or simply failing to deliver to potential customer prospects visiting your website.

Capacity is measured using many metrics such as bandwidth, file space, static file or dynamic database storage, memory usage, cache efficiency , peak CPU processing to deliver website content and network connection all the way through the internet delivery path. It is normally sufficient to only estimate the capacity sizing needed on the web server itself but more complex web server systems will utilise multiple server resources working as one system. These systems are called clusters or cloud computing but the capacity sizing principles still remain the same.

Web server demand forecasts are based upon visitor numbers and what they do. Unless any website is already in existence then it is hard to know these figures. Capacity sizing can be warranted to work within a reasonable number of website visitors. Transactions on databases are important because each user is likely to be recorded and validated upon a database. The database will grow according to the number of new users and these records may be retained for a long time so the database will grow over time.

Servers handling a great many concurrent visitors will need to hold many server cookie details in memory. In addition, the cache memory will be used to retain a fast store of files needed to produce common web content requests. Server memory may then be critical to the stability and success of the web application.

When high speeds and larger visitor numbers are anticipated then dedicated servers can use solid state disk (SSD) storage to cache files. Servers using SSD with SATA 3 disk connections will have very high disk access speeds for temporary files and cache.

To estimate server bandwidth requirements, web developers need to investigate the proportion of returning web visitors. Returning web visitors normally browser cache website files locally on their machines. This then reduces the overall bandwidth load. If the average page size, including all graphic files is 250k bytes then the server sends this in compressed format to the browser. The compression efficiency has an impact where less compression is achieved for non-text content such as graphics. If one estimates that a page hit would load 150k of file stream data and you have 200 hits per hour the server bandwidth would consume: 200 * 150k. Site visits alone says nothing about the number of pages navigated in each site visit. Pages browsed by the same user has an impact on bandwidth due to common site files being cached on the first page being visited.

Any Milton Keynes website developer will need to ask a great many questions before they can estimate web server capacity and required features. A good starting point is:

  1. Are there two or more data centres and where are they located?
  2. Are any of these data centres joined in a star pattern, with load balanced or redundant path connections, onto the internet?
  3. How are the server farms connected to the internet and at what level?
  4. What is the gigabyte bandwidth limits applied to the account?
  5. What database infrastructure, including version levels, do they operate?
  6. What version levels of IIS/dot Net/ASP/PHP do they run and how are any security patches rolled out?
  7. What are the server machine specifications, including processors, memory, and hard disk capacity?
  8. Is support 365/24/7 and what channels (email, online, telephone) of support do they offer?
  9. What kind of fault reporting escalation methods do they use?

You can always use our web planning services (qualified website developers in Milton Keynes) to help you with your web server capacity planning.