Everyone likes bargains, but is a few seconds of dopamine rush worth the price of bad hosting for your business?
Very often, when choosing products that at first glance look similar, the price is leading when making a purchase decision. However, when choosing a hosting plan, things are different, and it is good to look in detail at the components included in the plan to make a good choice.
1. Bandwidth And Disk Space
Simply explained, the traffic presents the limits of information that can be exchanged between your visitors and the server. This information includes the exchange of images, videos, documents, text files and more. The term disk space refers to how much disk space you can use on the server.
Having this in mind, you'd better check not the price of the web hosting plan but the resources you get for that price because the speed of your website and the capacity of how much information you can store is actually significant.
2. Unlimited hosting plans - are they really a good idea?
Is there such a thing as unlimited web hosting, actually? And how is it possible for a plan which costs less than a sandwich to be unlimited?
Actually, the term is used to describe a plan in which your host won't be measuring your bandwidth and storage usage or limit it artificially. In reality, you will be limited by your hardware and the amount of bandwidth that it can handle.
Here we will advise you to be interested in the hardware which supports the web hosting plan rather than the price alone. Also, in order for this kind of “unlimited” hosting plans to be profitable, the server in most cases should be oversold, so be careful with these offers.
Your site data can easily be lost due to server errors or accidents occurred while working on the current version of the website. This is totally preventable! The only thing you need to do is to choose a web hosting company that runs regular backups so even if you lose your data, they can recover it all.
However, we recommend you make a local backup copy of your application, just in case the backup system of the hosting providers fails to make one!
Despite the size of your website, security should always be considered important. SSL Certificates are considered a must nowadays. They help to secure the internet, Google likes them and people are more likely to trust them. Luckily, there is a free SSL that you can get. It’s called Let’s Encrypt and you can learn more about the benefits of its usage in our article: “Why Let’s Encrypt is important and usage is surging”.
5. Flexibility of the plans
Scalability might not look highly necessary in the early days of your business, but when you start growing, you will definitely need to upgrade your plan according to the needs of your website. Make sure your new hosting providers allows upgrade and downgrade.
Keeping in mind that you're going to entrust your whole online business and all the information about it to the hosting company you choose, maybe it's a good idea to check its reputation first and make sure you can trust them.
Check what people are sharing about the company and their reviews.
The server’s uptime is another aspect you have to consider when shopping for shared hosting. It's used to define the time the server stays up and running, which is related to the time your website is online and functioning. Most companies claim 99% uptime, but this number may be misleading.
Our advice is to look for at least 99.5% uptime or more, because this percentage may vary in the course of a year.
99.5% uptime = 0.5% downtime = 7.2 minutes/day or 0.84 hours/week or 3.6 hours/month or 1.83 days/year downtime
99.9% uptime = 0.1% downtime = 1.44 minutes/day or 0.17 hours/week or 0.72 hours/month or 8.8 hours/year downtime
What does VPSBG offer?
Here are some of the key features of our shared web hosting plans offer:
cPanel control panel
DDoS protection (1.8Tbps+)
Dedicated IP address
24/7 technical support
Imunify360 protection for your website
14 daily backups, one-click restoration
Free migration of your websites
Unlimited domains, emails & bandwidth
PHP (4.4 - 8), NodeJS, Python
99.99% uptime guaranteed
When shopping for a hosting plan, choosing a good and reliable web hosting provider should be your top priority rather than getting the cheapest service possible.
Consider your decision based on your needs. Make a wise decision about what plan will suit best to your business, find a good web host you trust, and start building your online presence.