A website can be defined as a collection of files that’s stored on the web. It goes without saying that the files are stored on a server, for which you need to buy space. That’s web hosting in the nutshell. There are a bunch of web hosting providers out there, and regardless of whether you choose to design your own website or hire a developer, a hosting plan is required. In this post, we are discussing what it takes to select the right hosting plan for your business website.
Start with the basics
Hosting providers do offer hosting for free, but there’s always a catch. In some cases, you may need to add the extension of the host to your domain. For example, if you select WordPress for launching your business site, the free domain with free hosting will read www.yourbusinesswebsite.wordpress.com. On the other hand, some so-called free services offer hosting for free, but often with limited bandwidth and storage, so at some point, you will need to buy their services.
In short, you need a business website, and therefore, three things are an absolute must –
- Unlimited storage
- 100% assured uptime
- Unlimited bandwidth
The bandwidth is also related to the type of hosting you chose.
Dedicated vs. Shared Hosting
As the name suggests, shared hosting is shared. This means that your website will be sharing the server with other websites. Shared hosting is cheap and pretty reliable, but it also depends on your requirements. If yours is a resource intensive website and you expect to expand soon, consider dedicated hosting, where you will have a dedicated server. Hosting plans may or may not include the choice for hosting unlimited domains, which is again something that must be considered, especially if you plan to launch more websites in the future and want to save on hosting.
Tech support is must
Web hosting services are not same when it comes to technical support. Gone are times when uptime was a concern. Today, most website owners contact support for small technical issues, and for that, just having email help is not enough. You need a company that’s accessible around the clock and is available on both phone and email support.
You can buy basic hosting plans for your business initially, and if the website demands more, there is always the choice to move to dedicated hosting, which is always worth the price in the long run.