When it comes to website hosting, the need for a stable site is crucial so picking the right hosting company to go for is something you need to think long and hard about. In my case I’ve been very lucky and when funds dictate, i’ll go with UK based company Memset. When funds are an issue I’ll self host. This for me is a good and bad thing, here let me explain.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in the web hosting industry for a while, so being able to setup my own server and webhosting system, is a godsend, but it also has it’s own problems.
While I have full control over the server and it’s settings I’m limited and reliant on home based broadband and power, I don’t have redundancy in anything, once the site goes down it goes down, I’m the system admin for security/updates, troubleshooting everything regarding that machine/server/settings. That can soon cause you to be under a lot of pressure. On the flip side, you learn a lot and quickly.
My point is, when you have the knowledge does it make it easier to host websites, or should you always go with the professionals? In my case, I’m not 100% sure.