(February 12, 2019)--Business owners in the local area understand that their website is an important part of their marketing and it acts as a sales channel too. Other than visiting their office, it’s the most popular point of contact that customers and potential customer have with their business.
Choosing the right web hosting for a business website isn’t easy. Let’s face it – the company is tending to their local operations and staff don’t really have time to learn much about hosting. This is why we’ve put this article together for busy business owners who are needing to decide which type of hosting makes sense for them.
The entry-level hosting option is shared hosting. This is where a single physical server is used to provide web hosting services to many customers. Many websites are hosted on a single server. While it’s the case that smaller websites with low traffic levels can be hosted perfectly satisfactorily on shared hosting plans, they’re less suitable for business use where traffic can increase suddenly due to advertising or a positive story in the local press.
Businesses have no control over the server environment. They cannot make changes to how the server is run. If a few other websites hosted on the same server are busy on the same day, it could impact your business site too. One site slows down; they all do.
Managed VPS Hosting
Managed VPS hosting usually reduces the number of sites being hosted on a single physical server. There’s also more control available to choose what resources are needed. For instance, with more CPU cores, a website can still serve web pages to new visitors even during peak times. The virtual server can keep up with demand.
It’s also scalable. You can increase the resources allocated to the VPS hosting because of its virtual environment. The web host can increase or decrease resources like CPU cores, bandwidth allowance, RAM memory or disk storage.
The flexibility with virtual servers makes it possible to ramp up resources on a website that has a bumper Thanksgiving sales season or is a seasonal business with significant peaks and troughs. Move up and down in VPS plans to reflect the seasonal demand and avoid overpaying for hosting.
Dedicated hosting is where a company takes up a hosting plan that accesses the entire physical server. The main benefit of a dedicated plan is that no other company’s website impacts the performance of the websites hosted there.
The allocated resources might be close to what the physical server has installed for its cores, RAM, storage, etc. This provides plenty of space for the website to grow as the company increases its business size and sales each month.
The downside with dedicated hosting is that it’s expensive. The company would be taking up the entire server for their site, which in most cases isn’t necessary.
The appropriate web hosting plan depends on the needs of the company. Buying more hosting than the business requires isn’t all that beneficial as it’s usually possible to upgrade to a better plan down the road.