Are you searching for a hosting plan for your site? Well, when you start searching for one you will come across many hosting plans. But which one is best for you? It all depends on what the specific needs of the website/websites are:
1. Number of Domains
How many sites are you willing to host? Most of the plans specify it clearly that whether it is meant for:
- One domain only
- Multiple domains (3 or 5 or more)
Tip: Go for one while keeping your future needs in mind.
2. Disk Space
Are you looking for a personal site or enterprise site? Individual site owners usually have a blog site or site meant for the informational purpose. Enterprise users may want to host more sites or large sites so they will need more disk space. Most of the plans offer unlimited disk space to ensure that your website with all the files can quickly come in the space provided.
Tip: Find out the size of your site in MBs/GBs and then prefer a plan which offers ‘considerable disk space’ or ‘unlimited space.’
3. Bandwidth or ‘Data Transfer’
If you are starting with a website, then you might not have any knowledge about the ‘visitor traffic.’ Following things may help:
- Get average page size of your site in KB or MB. (Size of Site/Total number of pages)
- Estimate the average page views. Your site has ten pages, but an average visitor visits three It will fetch you ‘data transfer per visit’ (Avg. page view*Avg. page size)
- Calculate data transfer per day/month. Its simple to calculate, all you have to do is this (30 days* 100 visitors/day * data transfer per visit).
For instance, it comes out to be 10GB/month. Now, keeping your visitors growth per month, you should choose a plan which offers ‘large bandwidth to meet growth’ or offers ‘unlimited bandwidth.’ If you are an enterprise buyer (having multiple domains), then you should calculate ‘data transfer per site per month’ and then select the plan which is more suitable for you.
Tip: While choosing a plan make sure that it is twice or thrice of ‘data transfer per site per month.’
4. Email Accounts
While selecting a plan, you will have to find out whether the hosting provider offers ‘unlimited emails.’ If there are restrictions on the number of email accounts, then you have to be clear about it right from the start.
Tip: Compare various plans and choose the one that offers more email accounts, if you expect growth in future.
5. Shared or Dedicated IP
There are many hosting plans which provide ‘shared IP.’ In these plans, your site will be sharing IP address with other websites. But when you for ‘dedicated IP’ it will be meant only for you. No other site may be able to use it.
Tip: Having ‘dedicated IP’ is better if you can find it within your budget.
6. SSL certificate
Do you want to make sure that all the visitors trust your website? Are you planning to offer monetary transactions on your site? Then you should go for ‘SSL certificate’ even if you have to pay more for such a plan.
Tip: It is a must-have for ‘secure transactions’ and better ‘SEO’ as well.
7. Windows or Linux
It all depends upon which programming language and database you are using to develop your site.
- If you choose windows hosting which is meant for sites with ASP.NET 3.5/Microsoft SQL, and Access Databases
- If you choose linux hosting for your site which is meant for sites with HTML/CSS, PHP/MySQL database or regular WordPress websites
- Open Source Hosting- You may even go for platforms like WordPress/Joomla/Drupal/Magento/Wiki/phpBB hosting.
Tip: The choice of hosting platform depends entirely on the platform you choose to develop the site.
8. Control Panel
Once you buy a hosting plan, you will need a control panel to:
- Upload the website files that you have developed
- Install the database
- Protect directories and Error pages
- Closely watch website statistics
It should be the latest one that offers all the functionality to make the best use of the hosting features.
Tip: If you can get the demonstration of the control panel, you may be able to decide whether you can use it quickly or not.
9. Application Hosting
Every hosting plan comes with applications that can be installed in one-click. For instance, if you want to use WordPress or BlogEngine or DotNetNuke, then you must be able to install the same with ease. Make sure that you can get the application you need from hosting.
Tip: Find out which application you want to be in hosting then make sure that hosting plan offers the same.
10. Email Features
Are you getting POP3 emails accounts with SMTP? Will you be able to receive emails on your phone with IMAP support? Is there any spam prevention mechanism? Will you be able to auto-respond to these emails, and email aliases? These things may matter to you if you have just started your website.
Tip: You will need emails features to access your mail account when you are away.
11. Sub Domains and FTP Accounts
If you want to create subdomains that point to the specific area of the site, then you need a hosting plan which comes with a lot of sub-domains (preferably unlimited). Do you want to create new FTP accounts and give access to other users? You will have to find out if the hosting offers it.
Tip: Hosting which offers unlimited subdomains & allows creating FTP accounts with ease will be better.
12. Uptime & Tech Support
You have gone for a hosting plan for website, and now you want to make sure that it offers the performance you need. You will never want your site is never down, and you are getting tech support that you want, then you must go for a provider that offers round-the-clock support and high-uptime.
Tip: Choose a plan that offers ‘24/7 support’, ’99.9% uptime’ and offers a money-back if it fails to deliver.
Only Settle For Best Hosting Plan That Offers
- Features you need the most
- Better user experience
- No Technical Issues
- Great value for money