Once everything is working perfectly on a newly developed site, the task of finding it a proper home begins. The search for that optimal hosting provider – which offers everything that the site requires while at same time not costing a leg and a limb – is quite a challenging task.
The task becomes even more challenging when the site is developed using a technology that is relatively less commonly hosted, as is in the case of Java. While there are a myriad of choices for websites using the more common PHP-built sites, it is a little scarcer when it comes to Java technology. Therefore, it is critical to ask how one can find the best hosting provider for a Java website that also allows for the installation and running of Java-related software.
But First, Why Choose Java?
One of the reasons that developers prefer to use Java as a programming language is that it is an open source project that allows them to tinker behind the code should they require it. Today, Java has become so popular that it is used as a platform by governments and corporations in their portal websites.
Who are the Hosts?
Hosting providers for Java installation, like JustHost, usually use a flavor of Linux as their operating system. It should be noted that although any of the latest hosting platforms do support Java, those that specifically host Java websites tend to be more Java-centric. This goes a long way in helping web developers that prefer to use JSPs (Java Server Pages).
Why Choose Java Web Hosting?
So, How Do You Choose the Best Java Hosting Provider?
Finding the best Java hosting solution provider in the market is a pretty straight forward, after::
- The Price: The price for Java hosting is a little more expensive than, say, PHP hosting. But even among Java hosting providers, there are those that offer surprisingly low prices. Web masters should visit sites that compare the prices of hosting companies.
- Freebies: In relation to the point made above, the price of hosting can be cut dramatically by going for a hosting provider that offers as many free features as possible. Domain names, additional bandwidth and disk space, applications and features and even traffic should be taken advantage of if they are offered for free.
- Good Reviews: One of the best ways of weeding out hosting companies that do not deliver on their promises is by researching the reviews they receive from their current and previous customers. Be sure to check out our expert review of JustHost here.
- Support: One of the most aired complaints about web hosting companies, Java or otherwise, is the support system that they have in place. Although it is difficult to test a hosting company’s support without actually being a member, some sense of it can be felt by trying to contact their tech support and asking about features and plans with a little “twist” thrown in. Like: “Would I be able to upgrade to another hosting plan? If so, what happens to my sub-domains? Do they get individual disk space? Or is it all lumped into one?” The point being to test the willingness of the tech person to help as much as he or she can.
- Security: To be fair, even the biggest companies with millions of dollars invested in the security of their IT systems can get hacked. A simple online search will show how some of the biggest players were robbed of their clients’ sensitive data. That doesn’t mean that there is no hope. In fact, quite arguably Linux-based systems tend to be more secure than, say, Microsoft-based systems. But that doesn’t mean that webmasters shouldn’t go through the hosting companies’ security features. All security information that is made available by the hosts should be scrutinized closely.
- TOS and Money-Back Guarantees: Most, if not all, people don’t bother reading the terms of service (TOS) that are presented to them when they sign up. That can prove to be a costly mistake, especially if money has been spent on a long-term contract with the hosting company. Webmasters should make it a point to (at the very least) give the TOS a cursory read-through. Hosting providers that have vague or too many “shady” or unclear terms should be avoided. The same rule applies to money-back guarantees.