In most cases, your website will be the first contact a potential customer has with your business. It doesn’t matter if you have a very basic website or something more complex, the key is to send visitors to a page that will build confidence and ultimately increase sales.
Before choosing a web hosting company, you must first figure out what you need. Doing so will save you time and money. Here is a quick checklist of 4 things you will need to consider when figuring out what you need with web hosting.
How Much Storage Space Do You Need?
For most business websites, getting enough storage space is not an issue. If you have a simple website or blog with only a few pages, a basic hosting plan will provide you with plenty of space. If on the other hand you run an e-commerce site, a site that stores larger files such as MP3 files, or a site that has an abundance of information, storage may be an issue. Be sure to get a plan that offers plenty of storage. Otherwise you will end up paying extra to meet your needs.
What Features Are Offered?
All hosting companies are a bit different and therefore offer different features. When looking at a host, look at the various features they offer. Do they have one click plug-ins that make it easy for you to customize your website? This is extremely important for those who have little to no programming skills.
Do They Have 24 Hour Technical Support?
Depending on your current situation, you may only have time to work on your website after regular business hours. If that’s the case, having technical support 24 hours a day is extremely important. If something goes wrong in the middle of the night, you need someone there to help you get it resolved as quickly as possible.
These days the top hosting companies offer 24 hour technical support to all clients. You can contact support via phone or via live chat online. Make sure this option is available before working with any hosting company.
How Much Bandwidth Do You Need?
Bandwidth is measured in megabytes or gigabytes and determines the volume of traffic your site can handle during the month. The amount of bandwidth you have will directly impact the amount of data transfer that takes place on your site. If too much data is being transferred at one time, your site will slow down which can affect the experience of the visitor. In some cases, if you get a surge of traffic all at the same time, your site may go down which means you will be losing business.
If your site is new you probably won’t need very much bandwidth. As your site grows, your needs will more than likely change. The good news is you can easily add more bandwidth as you need it. To save money, start off with a basic plan. Monitor your traffic on a regular basis and upgrade when you notice traffic volume increasing.