Web Hosting On A Budget – Keys to Finding A Business Hosting Plan

Web hosting on a budget is not impossible but with the hosting industry increasing  at such a rapid pace, it may seem like a challenge to be able to choose a company that suits your budget for your particular project. It may be a challenge but it is not impossible. The extra time you spend looking for the requirements you need will be well worth the effort.  If you form a partnership with a web hosting provider that doesn’t meet your needs, the nightmares could ensue and much of your business could be at jeopardy.  Do not rush into a hosting plan lightly. Here are some key elements you may want to look at for your business hosting needs.

1) How Many Sites Will You Need Hosted

If you are going to develop multiple sites, find a provider who features a a plan that allows for multiple domains to be hosted on one account. This type of plan will be less expensive in the long run.

2) How Much Bandwidth Will Your Sites Require

If your sites are going to be high carrying loads of images, downloads or media streaming, your bandwidth needs are going to be greater than normal. So, if your site requires 16GB of bandwidth per month, get 20 GB. If you can’t make an estimate, try and purchase the extra bandwidth upfront with the plan.

3) Will You Require Large Amounts of Disk Space?

Running software applications or extra pieces of software when your site is up will eat up extra disk space in a flash. Choose a plan that allows for extra space in case of a spike in demand. Again, discuss this with the company you are considering.

4) No Long Term Contracts

If you are unsure about the company you want to consider hosting with, use the company on a month to month basis in the first two months of usage to see if they live up to the standards you need.  Most companies have a 6 to 12 month contract policy so that the customer base will be maintained. Do subscribe to a contract unless you are absolutely sure you would loke to use a domain website hosting company for the longterm. More often then not, the “deal” has to be paid up front so, buyer beware.