Finding Your Best Hosting Options

Finding Your Best Hosting OptionsWe get a lot of questions regarding hosting options!  The variety of choices can often be somewhat overwhelming for businesses large and small.

Is a shared solution  adequate for your needs, or could you be compromising valuable data?  What exactly is a virtual private server (VPS)?  Does my growing business dictate a more secure solution? I’m fairly certain our business needs a dedicated server or more, but should we just buy our own?

With that in mind, we’ve developed a brief article that discusses and compares the advantages of three popular hosting options in a simple, straightforward way:  shared hosting, virtual private servers, and dedicated servers.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting, the phrase most of us are familiar with, is an excellent solution for small websites. It’s an inexpensive option and has all the basics an individual or very small business might require.  In essence, you are sharing a single server and common operating system with many other users, meaning you and they are subject to common restrictions, potential downtime, etc.  Think of it like a folder on your current desktop or laptop. As your needs grow, particularly in a business or ecommerce environment, you may find that this hosting option lacks the robust security and flexibility features you require.

Virtual Servers (VPS)

As your website or internal requirements grow, virtual private servers can offer dramatically increased security, flexibility and cost savings. It’s similar to having your own in-house web server, minus the hassles of hardware costs, IT, maintenance and upgrade costs.  A virtual server shares a single server but is completely isolated to protect valuable internal documents, ecommerce solutions, other applications and web data. You can install anything you like with security permissions you choose. In VPS hosting, each primary server is segregated into various private servers, with each having its own resources and operating system to act as an entire server. Overall, the advantages of VPS hosting can are affordability, guaranteed resources, full control, and better performance with increased security & reliability.

Dedicated Servers

Importantly a dedicated server provides you with total control minus the hardware costs, maintenance, internal IT costs.   Your webmaster and/or your hosting provider can customize the server to your exact business requirements.  This might include back-end enterprise solutions, specialized e-commerce applications, increased security and many other custom or preferred applications your business requires.  Automated software license renewals, custom backups and hosting IT support are very real and measurable benefits.

All very nice, you might say, but what about the cost?  Almost universally, studies show it is far more cost effective to “lease” a dedicated server or servers than to maintain the effort internally.  Just as your business offers particular and unique expertise to your customers – reputable hosting companies employ the technical and physical assets required to provide the best technical and physical support for you, their customer.

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If you are still unsure about your current options or requirements, we’ll help you make an honest assessment of your best options.  We host and/or develop solutions from simple shared hosting environments to complex Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – to high demand, high security enterprise solutions, cloud, content delivery networking (CDN) Software as a Service (SaaS) and more.

A skilled development team is always at your service for custom web applications or websites.  We are also currently a Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) provider.  Please browse our website, call us (866-345-8322 -toll-free) or contact us, anytime – no obligation ever.

The Virginia Society for Respiratory Care Launches Updated Website by SiteVision

Roanoke, VA July 21, 2014: The Virginia Society for Respiratory Care (VSRC) has launched a newly designed wVSRC Website Launchebsite, implemented to enhance both usability and administration.  VSRC partnered with SiteVision, Inc  for its development.

The organization’s (  updated presence utilizes a content management system (CMS) designed to allow publishing, editing and modifying content from a core interface. The new CMS eliminates complex coding and creates client control over HTML-based content, files, documents, and the like. One or multiple employees at various permission levels may change content easily within a familiar word processing environment.

Honey Pezzimenti, Education Coordinator, Respiratory Care Services for the Children’s National Health System, who worked with SiteVision to complete the project had this to say:

“Since the launch of the new VSRC website, I’ve gotten an overwhelming response from board members and respiratory therapists throughout the state of Virginia. They love the professional look of the new site and aren’t ashamed to refer peers to the new site. “

“Working with SiteVision on the updating and re-launch of our professional society website has been a dream. Christina went above and beyond all expectations I had and was absolutely incredible to work with. I would gladly recommend this company to anyone and everyone.”

Creating an easy-to-use environment was especially important because VSRC volunteers maintain the new website. Since those volunteers change over time, online video tutorials were created so new members will have a jump start on learning the system.

Other site features include an event calendar, document library, specialized employment listings, and an advertising module.  The site is mobile friendly.  There is also a password protection section for board members.

SiteVision, Inc. ( is an Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm providing solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions.

SiteVision, Inc. participates in, or is available through, the following state and federal contracting vehicles:

  •   Virginia VITA CAI Supplier, Managed Staff Augmentation Services Contract (VA-051123-CAI)
  •   Virginia VITA Supplier, Hosting Services Contract
  •   Virginia eVa Procurement as a sub-contractor to various state and federal private contractor entities
  •   State and Federal Sole-source Contracting

The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL.




Why SiteVision?

We’re your advocate. SiteVision has been providing web development and hosting services to government agencies and non-profit organizations for over 20 years. We understand how overwhelming it can be to seek out a reliable solution for you website, custom application, and hosting needs.

At SiteVision we are passionate about creating solutions for customers that make their life better. We excel at understanding your business process and developing an application that is easy to learn and operate. We will always be fair, knowledgeable, honest, and professional.