Of all websites on the internet, there are just a few that require a level of hosting service that demands more than most websites. One of them is adult websites. There is no argument that adult sites have the most number of visits among web surfers. And a well-promoted adult site can easily attract millions of web surfers to tax even the most bandwidth generous web hosting bureau.
Web hosting has become a lucrative online business catering from small personal websites and blogs up to commercial merchant portals processing thousands of online transactions per day. For most of these, shared web hosting services can suffice. But when the site reaches critical levels of visitor traffic where bandwidth, uptime availability becomes crucial to the business generated on the web, you are looking beyond ordinary web hosting. Dedicated web hosting service becomes a must.
Commercial adult websites are one special type that can be extremely demanding of its web host. Apart from looking at the uptime, bandwidth and storage space dimensions of hosting an adult website, the web hosting bureau also needs to check the legal implications as well. Does the country where the server resides allow adult sites to be hosted? Once the legal hurdles are covered, then the technical aspects can now be handled.
Here are some of the things to consider when hosting an adult website:
Check that the hosting site supports adult sites.
Even in a country where adult sites are regulated by local or federal laws, there are web host bureaus that prefer not to host adult sites. Check out their terms and conditions page and it should indicate if they allow adult content to be hosted. If you do a Google search on the term “adult web hosting,” you get about 2.1 million search returns. These are hosting sites or reference sites to other hosting companies scattered around the world that can provide hosting services for adult webpages. Most of these sites specialize in adult content and it is often quite easy to spot one right away.
Bandwidth, Storage Space and Uptimes
Once you’ve limited your choices to the sites that host adult material, the next criteria to check are the host’s bandwidth, storage space and guaranteed uptimes. They will come at a premium. Almost all hosting sites offer about $5 basic monthly hosting charge, but they cover just the basic. Don’t get impressed with the site’s ads claiming gigabyte bandwidths and storage spaces as many sites practice overselling them in the hope that those bandwidth and storage spaces will hardly be used. But when you are planning for an adult website, this won’t work. You will need a dedicated web host with sufficient storage for all your adult content and the bandwidth to support its download for thousands of web surfers at any given time. And factor in video streaming and you will need all the bandwidth you can get in order not to turn off your visitors or members. Peak times and lean times may not really apply because your audience is the entire world.
Support for the most common image and video file types as well as their sizes is a must. Adult sites are known for providing large high resolution images its members can download. These files in the JPG formats do eat gigabytes of storage space especially when you have an archive section. More so with video files with the more common avi, and mpeg4 formats. Video files eat huge bandwidths. Be especially wary of web hosts that advertise terabytes of data speeds for a few dollars a month. They are of the low quality high latency bandwidth. While this may be fine for most websites, your streaming video will just stutter and alienate your visitors and members.
In short, adult web sites need a dedicated web hosting service bureau that can support the most common multimedia file types and provide the storage space and bandwidth to make your clients surfing in high traffic volume happy. Lastly, check to see if they live up to their uptime claims. Many reputable adult sites do maintain server and network redundancies that enable them to back their 99% or more availability claims. Web host reputation can help you make your choice. They may be expensive than most other web host bureaus, but as in anything else, you get what you pay for.