When deciding on a web hosting service for your brand-new website, there are many factors to take into account. The price you pay usually depends on the hosting type; each has advantages and disadvantages.
This article talks about the different options for hosting and what else to consider in your choice of hosting provider.
Shared is the most affordable type of hosting. A number of sites are hosted on the same server, and the price is distributed among all of them. The low price is the main selling point of shared hosting. The sites on the shared server also share bandwidth, which means your website speed is affected by the speed of the other sites. If another site experiences a surge in traffic, your site will undergo a drop.
If another site’s IP is blocked for whatever reason, yours will be affected too. There is always a risk, even though a reputable hosting company will have prevention measures.
Sites that use Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting also share a server, but they have a unique virtual server and IP, which keeps them separate. VPS hosting makes it possible to manage more server features and prevents website blacklisting. Small company sites or blogs will usually find the traffic limits of this hosting type satisfactory for their needs.
With this type of hosting, the website is distributed on a number of servers to cope with unexpected traffic surges. The cloud guarantees uptime. Cloud hosting doesn’t cost much, but if your site gets more popular, your costs will grow in direct proportion to that.
Many hosting companies offer well-priced cloud packages, with many of them charging a flat monthly fee.
Dedicated hosting is the most expensive but also the highest-quality hosting. You have a server to yourself. It is fully secure and accessible around the clock, which is why enterprises find it the best option. You can make ongoing payments with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other options, which will let you manage your costs.
Things to consider
The amount of traffic you expect is crucial to your choice between website hosting plans. If you expect your traffic to increase, VPS hosting is your best bet. Shared hosting is ideal for small sites with low traffic.
You should also consider the signup cost, cost of renewal, support, ease of use, canceling, and management features. If there is an appealing promotion of a few dollars a month for hosting, don’t take it at face value. Check the long-term prices. Eventually, the rates will increase substantially at that. It can be a hassle to have to change your hosting provider, which is why you should always read the small letters at the bottom and know how much you can expect to pay for a year.
Intuitiveness and support
How user-friendly are the host management features? Most hosting providers use cPanel, which is fairly intuitive, but you still need to be aware in advance.
You’re bound to need support at one point. While most providers will offer some basic assistance, coding and other specialized services can be hard to come by. They should have multiple support channels, like phone, email, and chat.
How to cancel your hosting plan?
The fine print shouldn’t be overlooked because you could get stuck with a long-term contract with a provider who’s less than optimal for your needs. In the worst case, you might have to keep paying them even if you’ve switched to a new provider.
Bandwidth and email
A less expensive hosting plan will work if you expect relatively low traffic to your site, a few thousand visitors per month at most. To check how much bandwidth you’ll require, multiply the visitors by the size of your site’s media. This comes to a bandwidth of 5,000GB if 20,000 visitors access a 250MB site.
Each employee will need an email account if your new site is for a new company. You might also need a generic email address.