Four Important Factors You'll Want To Be Aware Of When Selecting Shared Web Hosting Plans

Posted on: 11 July 2017

If you're new to the process of starting up a website, you need to put some time into researching the ins and outs of website hosting. 

The shared web hosting plan that you choose is likely to have a huge impact on the success of your website. It's therefore important that you understand the differences between various plan offerings.

The following is some basic information on four important factors you'll want to understand when you select a shared web hosting plan:

Disk space and traffic accommodation

One of the first considerations you'll need to take into account when choosing from among various hosting plans is how much disk space you'll need. This depends on how big your website will be.

If you need only a simple website, you probably won't need to take up much disk space. On the other hand, a website with many pages and interactive features such as a forum or other pages where a visitor can "log in" to submit an order, for example, requires a hosting plan with more disc space.

Another basic you need to consider is what kind of traffic you'll be getting. If your website  will only be getting some local visitors or a highly targeted, small group of people, you don't need to accommodate a great deal of traffic. On the other hand, you'll need to be able to accommodate a lot of traffic through your hosting plan if you're expecting thousand of people a day to access your site. 

Amount of uptime 

Even the highest quality hosting provider will tell you that there may occasionally be website downtime when your hosting provider needs to perform maintenance on your server.

You should look into any information your hosting provider gives about uptime vs. downtime and choose a hosting plan where you'll be guaranteed the smallest possible amount of downtime so that your company website is always up and running when it's needed. 

Customer support

You're probably going to end up needing to make some phone calls to your hosting provider when you have technical problems that you need help with.

It's therefore of vital importance that you make sure that your hosting provider has a good reputation for providing helpful and effective customer service at any time of the day so you have help when you need it. 

Apps that come with hosting plans

A last detail you want to look into is any apps that come along with your hosting plan. Depending on what features you want your website to include, you may need apps including easy install features for popular CMS systems or eCommerce payments tools. Consider what you need your website to do and then analyze the app offerings of different hosting plans to ensure that your needs will be met.