The test period - the possibility of short-term rental server at no charge. This is a good opportunity to assess the quality of services provided by a hosting provider. If there are no problems during the trial period, it proves that the hosting provider is responsible and open to the clients. In this article, we are going to tell you what aspects you should check during the trial period and what you should focus on during the analysis.
Constant connection to the Internet does not mean that the connection from the hosting provider is stable. On some nodes may occur significant packet loss data, and the work of the server is unacceptable. You can use special tools and built-in utilities to estimate the number of packet losses and trace short-term speed drops. Here are three main such tools for Linux distributions:
It is important to check the stability of your connection to make sure that you should continue to work with one provider or another. Our website has a separate Looking Glass tool for this purpose, which you can use by clicking here. And if any critical problems arise during the trial period, you should move on to other available options.
If renting a VPS is carried out to accommodate one or more sites, the speed of loading pages has the highest priority. In the 21st century, people are used to huge dynamics, and no one likes glitchy sites that load more than 2-4 seconds. If the speed of loading pages on your site is above comfortable values, there is a risk that you will constantly be losing visitors - people will simply close the page before it has time to load.
The second point - loading speed is a significant factor in ranking websites by search engines. The faster the loading site, the higher the probability that it will take the top lines in search results.
There are many different services for checking page load speed, and here are the three most popular:
There are dozens of such tools, so you do not have to use the ones we offer. In any case, during the trial period when renting a VDS, you should thoroughly check the speed of page loading to see if the provider's servers can handle the load.
Fault tolerance is one of the main indicators of server quality - it is the so-called Uptime. A good hosting provider is able to minimize the number of operational errors and provide uninterrupted work of the clients' websites round-the-clock.
Uptime is possible to reach 100% only in the most ideal and sterile conditions, but in reality, everybody tries to reach 99,9% fail-safe performance. It is an achievable and realistic figure on the condition of the competent organization of the network infrastructure, but it is necessary to understand that high Uptime depends not only on the hosting provider but also on the clients themselves. Here are the factors that may have a negative impact on fault tolerance:
The test period is quite capable of setting up all these aspects in a short period of time and performing thorough stability testing. There are many free tools available for real-time load testing - for example, Jmeter, developed by the Apache Software Foundation. The tool now offers a lot of advanced features and functions and can be used to audit JDBC connections, FTP, LDAP, SOAP, JMS, POP3, IMAP, HTTP, and TCP.
If the client has any difficulties with the configuration or maintenance of the servers, it is important that the hosting provider has experts who can help to sort out any issues. HostZealot offers a 24/7 support service that allows you to speak to our specialist in English or Russian.
The responsiveness to our customers' questions should also be checked - this will allow you to understand how quickly the problems can be resolved in a real "live" environment.
The FAQ section is necessary so that the client himself can get the necessary information on any questions. This section should contain detailed answers to the most common issues that people face when renting VPS and VDS. However, if there is round-the-clock technical support, this point can be neglected - it is more convenient and productive to communicate with a live expert in any case than to delve into dozens of sub-items FAQ.
The trial period will be useful for newbies who are facing the need to rent virtual servers for the first time and still have a bad idea of which hosting provider is the best to apply to. If you have any questions - leave an application on the site or call us, all contacts are presented in the appropriate section.