Find the Best Proxy Host
Lately, web proxies have become extremely popular among webmasters. Although they seem to be an easy source of traffic and money there are certain things you have to consider before entering the market of proxy hosting. It is highly recommended to do your homework prior of becoming a proxy webmaster.
How to choose a Proxy Hosting Service?
To start with, proxy hosting requires a web host. A large number of web hosting providers do not accept proxies. Proxies are highly resource demanding and can cause serious problems to shared servers if they receive only a reasonable amount of traffic. If you are serious about hosting a proxy, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. Also, a minimum of 256MB of Ram is required, but it is advisable to have 512MB Ram or more. Additionally, keep in mind that the highly popular control panel, cPanel also need a large amount of resources and can easily deplete all the 256MB Ram available on a VPS even before your websites are actually running. Other less resource intensive control panels, such as DirectAdmin is recommended as an effort to save valuable resources for your users.
On the other hand, proxies do not require much disk space, so this should not be a problem when selecting a web host. A proxy basically relays data, with the role of a middle man between the users and the sites they plan to visit. Thus, websites will use twice the bandwidth necessary to view a website. Half of the data is the server that requests the website a user plans to visit, while the other half of the data is transmitting the data of the website to the user. As popular proxies will use up a large amount of bandwidth, ensure that you have sufficient bandwidth.
Ram and bandwidth are just two of the main elements of proxy hosting. A reasonable processor, for instance Opterons, Xeon and Core2Duo is a definite advantage, but this is usually a concern that comes after bandwidth and ram. Django Hosting also require more RAM as usual CMS software.
There are certain things you need to look into when selecting a web host, as price is not the most important aspect. If you plan to achieve success do not even think about spending just $5 on a shared server. If a certain web host allows you to host proxies in a shared server - although it sounds great and affordable – you should be worried about what else is on that server if they are going to allow you to use up a considerable amount of resources of the shared server. A responsible web host would not allow a user to deplete almost all resources of the server. Plus, if you are not the only one who uses all the available resources, you will definitely not going to be pleased with the results.
If your plans include the use of a VPS or dedicated solution, you most likely want reasonable support responsive time to handle possible problems that might occur. Based on your server knowledge, managed servers are recommended to avoid running and securely patching the servers yourself. It is preferable to have uptime guarantee, as you are just losing money with a server that is mostly offline.