Choosing the Best Web Hosting Plan

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 by The Hosting STOP- Copyright © 2006
Budget, dedicated, shared… what’s the best for me? Before making a decision on web hosting you will need to be clear about the type of website you are planning to build; sales, informational, or maybe both types. Your decision will determine the hosting service you need. Why waste money by purchasing additional web space or extra services you don’t require? Use the following guidelines to help you choose the best web hosting plan to suit your needs:

Dedicated Hosting vs. Shared Hosting:

You will most likely need one of these two main options to operate your website efficiently. The majority of websites use either dedicated or shared hosting.

Dedicated Hosting
Dedicated hosting allows webmasters to rent an entire server. The equipment and connectivity are fully managed by the hosting company. These web hosting providers are more in-tune to handle a complex or large business website.
Advantages:

  • More control over web applications.
  • Choice of the operating system, hardware, etc.
  • Higher security, bandwidth and file storage.
  • Host unlimited sites/domains on one machine.

Disadvantages:

  • Higher cost than budget or shared hosting.
  • May require a greater investment of time and knowledge

There are many advantages to using a dedicated hosting provider. If money is not an issue, and you operate a large or corporate website, dedicated web hosting may be your best option.

Shared Hosting
Save money by choosing shared hosting! With a powerful, professionally managed server at a low monthly cost shared hosting is a basic entry-level, fee-based service designed to host small-scale e-commerce sites and static web pages. Just as the name implies, several websites share the services and costs of one server. The web hosting company allows each website a certain amount of disk storage space and a fixed bandwidth for a monthly fee.

Advantages:

  • CHEAPER than dedicated or private servers!
  • Ease of management + quick set-up time.

Disadvantages:

  • Less control and limitations on security, bandwidth, and storage.
  • A limited number of domains/ subdomains

Most basic websites and individual webmasters can meet all their requirements with shared hosting providers. And the convenience of fast setup time and bundled features can help you make a reliable web presence without advanced technical skills.

 

E-Commerce Hosting: Is It Necessary?

If you require a way to collect payment online, you will need a hosting plan that offers e-commerce software, secure servers, and access to merchant account information/resources. E-commerce services are usually offered by shared, dedicated and most other web hosting providers

Best Price? You Get What You Pay For!

The old adage of “you get what you pay for” is a good rule to follow. Be careful not to get lured into the extremely low prices. Budget hosting may be all you require, but make sure the services won’t fall short of your needs. There is also the providers with tons of services you may never need. They may be great services, but if you never use them what good are they.

Other Important Factors to Consider:

Choose a User Friendly Control Panel!
Webmasters come with many levels of education on web design and operation. Choose a provider that is easiest for your understanding. You will find different forms of web site management and administration tools involved. Most use some sort of Frontpage program or FTP access. Many hosting providers allow you to sample the control panel tools prior to purchase. Look for easy accessibility, domain administration and instant e-mail access and management

Quality Support can be Crucial!
Nothing more annoying than working with a phone system. Choose a hosting company that offers real people to answers questions. It is even better if you can find a support system that offers services 24 hours a day. You may also want to identify any other helpful options like; forums, discussion boards, or frequently asked questions page. 

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