One of the biggest decisions every webmaster must make is what company to use for domain hosting and if a separate online backup service is necessary. But, that’s only part of the story. Before deciding where to host, you’ll need to decide whether you are going to need a dedicated server, virtual server or shared server for your website(s). My preference is using a virtual server in a cloud and using DirectAdmin for the control panel. Through a series of articles, I will explain why I prefer that configuration, provide tips on setting up your server, offer advice on backing up your files and a discuss variety of other topics related to VPS and cloud hosting.