Choosing a hosting package sounds simple, but for some it does require some thought especially for those who are not technically savvy and don’t necessarily know the terminology being referred to.
So, here are a few tips on how to choose the hosting package suitable for your website:
- If you are still in the process of defining your website and what you want for your website, then it may be best to go for the cheapest hosting package where you can have an email address with your domain name and once you have finalized who your web agency is, you can at least get a basic splash page up. You can upgrade your account later once your website is ready – this will save you money in the long run. Important: Make sure to check if there are any issues about upgrading to another hosting package – it must be financially beneficial otherwise it’s best to go for the hosting package you will need when your site is up and running.
- If your website is currently being developed by a web agency, definitely ask them for advice on which package to choose. Different hosting packages offer different technologies.
- Consider how many email accounts you will need. If you plan on having 10 people who require their own email address, you need to make sure that the hosting package you choose allows for 10 email addresses.
- Consider your traffic requirements. If you plan on having a lot of traffic, make sure to understand your costs for traffic. Sometimes, having your own server at the hosting company can be more affordable from a traffic perspective, than going for the more simple hosting packages on offer.
- Check the support of the company. Dealing with hosting companies that don’t have good support can lead to major frustrations and can affect your business if you can’t get work done on your site or emails that don’t reach you.
- Ask your web agency for some guidance on where to host. Your web agency doesn’t want to have delay because of hosting companies, so checking with them also helps as they will naturally want to keep their time lines in check and go for the company they are used to dealing with.
- If you don’t have a web agency who can recommend a hosting company and you plan on choosing the hosting company yourself, make sure to shop around and compare costs. Again, check on the support – SUPPORT IS POSSIBLE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS when it comes to your website so make sure you KNOW that you can get hold of someone if and when problems occur.