Portals are usually setup to attract a lot of traffic. A portal is essentially an application driven website with several hundred pages. Therefore, you require a large disk space, high bandwidth, database and script running support. The two popular platforms used for developing portals are LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and ASP.Net with MS SQL server database. Depending upon whether your portal applications are developed for LAMP or on an ASP.Net platform, you will need to opt for a linux or windows server hosting respectively.
You can opt for a shared unlimited hosting package or better still go for a VPS or dedicated hosting. Below is a checklist of features you will require:
Opting for a cheap hosting service would prove disastrous and expensive. It is not worth saving a few hundred rupees if it subjects your business reputation to risk. Frequent server outages result in lost business and bad reputation, eventually driving away customers. This is the price you pay when you opt for a cheap hosting service.
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Rajeev Kumar is the primary author of How2Lab. He is a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur with several years of experience in IT education and Software development. He has taught a wide spectrum of people including fresh young talents, students of premier engineering colleges & management institutes, and IT professionals.
Rajeev has founded Computer Solutions & Web Services Worldwide. He has hands-on experience of building variety of websites and business applications, that include - SaaS based erp & e-commerce systems, and cloud deployed operations management software for health-care, manufacturing and other industries.