How To Choose The Right Web Hosting Plan

One of the things that most people overlook is the web hosting plan of their website. While most people would think that any host would suffice, the reality is that web hosting would be a critical part of your website. This is because a good hosting provider will ensure that your website will have minimal downtime, but a poor hosting provider will not only have plenty of downtime (due to network, hardware failure, etc), but also trouble you with other problems regarding your website, such as billing issues, or poor IP address reputation. We have heard numerous stories about bad web hosts and therefore before you start, you should consider the following before spending money on a hosting package.

How To Choose The Right Web Hosting Plan

1. Decide on your budget

While planning is important, planning for a healthy budget matters. If you set aside too small a budget, you will be facing the cheaper types of hosting plans, and that isn’t necessary a good thing. Whenever a plan is too cheap, you need to consider if the web hosting provider is cutting corners off somewhere, such as reducing staff count so that your customer service experience will be affected, or investing in poor-quality server and network hardware so that your uptime will be affected.

Even a shared hosting account can come with variants in quality. There are shared hosting accounts that can cost $1 a year, and then there are those that cost $10 or even more a month. These more expensive plans are usually high-quality or premium hosts that will not only ensure 99.9% up-time or more, but will also be able to assist you with any issues that you face with your account. Even getting your website up and running as well is a process that these hosts do better, with tutorials and on-demand help for you. That’s not to say that anyone who charges a lot is a good host – perform your due diligence beforehand and do your research before committing. Suffice to say, you will get minimal headaches if you invest in the right hosting providers.

2. How heavy is your website’s usage?

Another factor to bear in mind is the amount of resources that your website will consume. A good web hosting provider can help you with any questions you have regarding resource-planning. A small website will typically not take up a lot of resources, but one that receives a huge stream of visitors, or serves a lot of large files will. For example, if you are having only a small website that provides company information that 10-20 people visit on a daily basis, then you might be better off with a shared hosting plan as this is much cheaper. However, if you find that your website receives a few thousand visits on a daily basis constantly, then you might need to consider upgrading to a better hosting plan. With increased usage demands, we are talking about using a virtual private server (VPS) or even a dedicated server.

In addition to that, another thing to bear in mind is the scripts or the programs that you will be running on your hosting plan. Resource-heavy scripts like Magento are definitely not suitable for a shared hosting plan, and require a VPS at least. Less-demanding scripts such as WordPress will work with all kinds of hosting. So, know your website requirements well, and don’t underspend or overspend on web hosting.

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