Choose The Right Hosting Plan For You
Web hosting is a big topic that people, especially when they are just starting out, can easily get lost in. The difficulty is that the market is full of competitors who all give enticing pitches for their services. Some of these providers are great, some are less so. Alongside this, depending on the size of your website, some forms of hosting will be a lot better suited than others.
This article will help you to choose the right hosting plan for you. By understanding exactly what your website’s needs are, where you plan for the website to be in the next couple of years, and what you can realistically afford, the options for web hosting start to get a lot clearer. In this article, we’ll explain the different types of web hosting available and who they might be best suited to.
So if you’d like to learn more about hosting plans and find the perfect match for your website, then read on below.
What is hosting?
Hosting is what lets your website be visible on the internet. By paying for hosting, you are paying to store on a server the data and information that’s required for your website to be loaded onto another person’s computer.
A server is a very powerful computer that can deal with the large amounts of processing that’s required with serving users’ data over the internet. If you tried to do this on your home computer, it would be overloaded and your website wouldn’t run properly at all. By paying for a hosting package, you are paying a third party to make your site available online via the servers they own.
Choose the right hosting plan for you
There are lots of options available to people looking for hosting. Hosting is important because you want your website to run properly, the wrong type of hosting package can limit the amount of resources you get and can mean that your site doesn’t function. This would be extremely bad news, especially when you consider the amount of work it takes to bring traffic to your website, for your site to then not function effectively when people visit it. On the other end of the spectrum, if you pay for a hosting package that is a lot larger than you need, you’ll be spending money on wasted resources.
Below are some of the most common hosting options:
This is the cheapest and most accessible form of hosting. If you are just starting out or run a small venture, then shared hosting is a great choice. The downside is that you might have performance impacted if another website that shares the server with you has a large spike and demands more resources.
VPS hosting is suited to those that have outgrown shared hosting but don’t have the needs for larger packages. With VPS you will still share a server with other websites, but resources will be allocated to you specifically. No other website can access these resources and you can’t use any other websites allocated resources either.
This is for websites with large amounts of traffic and large resource requirements. It is the most expensive option for you, but gives you completely dedicated resources of an entire server.
Managed and Unmanaged Services
For most options available to you, there will be a managed and an unmanaged hosting package option. This is a choice that really depends on your technical knowledge and how much time you are willing to put into running and maintaining the backend of your site. Managed hosting means that the hosting provider will cover all the technical elements of running a server and you don’t have to think about it. Unmanaged means that you do need to consider the technical elements. This can provide added flexibility and a cost saving for those that are capable of doing it. But beware of the unmanaged option if you have no experience in this area.
Considerations to help choose the right hosting plan
- How technical are you?
- Can you deal with some of the technical elements of hosting a website yourself or do you need that to be taken care of?
- Do you need private infrastructure?
- What support services are there?
- If you ever need some help or to speak to a provider, what ways can you contact them?
- What services come with the package?
- Do you have specific needs and required features?
- Where are the servers located?
- You might have some business requirements that you need to have control over the location of your datacenter.
- How secure is the provider?
- Security of your own data and the data of people who use your site should be a top priority.
- How much does the service cost?
- You need to know how much you can realistically afford to pay for hosting. Does the provider you are looking at offer their services within your price bracket?
Choosing the right hosting plan can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you have never had to buy hosting before. But by considering the above options, as well as what type of hosting package is best suited for your needs, you’ll be able to find a hosting plan that is right for you.