When you set up your server configuration there are a few things that should be foremost on your mind. One of those is server security. You don’t want to configure a server without some kind of firewall and protection for you private information. If you are reselling your server space to other who will use it for e-commerce, or if you plan to use your server for e-commerce and collect credit card information, e-mail and mailing addresses, and banking information then this is an absolute necessity. One false move or unsecure transaction and you’ll sunk in the water.

You’ll also need to think about compatibility with the different software languages that you’ll be encountering. If your site will make use of ASP or PHP and your server isn’t compatible with these programs you’ll have a difficult time running your business.

Also understand that server configuration challenges are dependent upon your operating system. If you are running Linux then you’ll encounter different challenges than if you are running Windows and then you’ll have a completely different set of challenges than if you were running Unix. If you have a network administrator or IS manager on staff then he’ll be able to guide you through the challenges.

One other thing to consider is configuring your server for FTP. Will you be the only person transferring files to the server or do you need to configure it for multiple users? What level of security does each person who will be uploading files need to have? There will be some information that you’ll want to block access to and emplace security badges on so that persons without qualifications do not access areas they should not have access to.

When it comes to server configuration, you don’t want to leave it to chance. Make sure that you have qualified and knowledgeable assistance from your staff and your hosting company.