Originally Posted by Lord Mythirion
I have a quick question about having a website. Now, I've been creating/updating my dad's company's websites for awhile now and now it's getting big (I'd rather not say the name). My question is that I've been hosting it on Yahoo! for this whole time, and if it can stay there. Do all the other big companies have their own private servers or do they use web-hosting services too? We get upwards of 1000 hits a day.
It really depends on the company's budget, really. With having an in-house server, there's the usual server hardware expense, plus you need a good Internet connection that has decent upload speeds or else the site will crawl. Now, as far as hosted web-sites (like you have), those are good because they have very fast Internet connections, your site is stored on a server in a secure data-center, your site gets backed up regularly (which can be a major chore if you host your own server), and there is usually a high uptime guarantee where if that is not met, you get a credit on your hosting bill. Usually, I recommend getting a hosted web-site. I have a business web-site and three forums all hosted on hosting accounts.