Plans: So what's the difference?
Web hosting plans come in
all shapes and sizes. They also vary in
price depending on the types of services
that are offered. The decision to choose a
web host can be daunting given this
variation but it neednt be. There are
several things that you can consider before
deciding on which web host plan is right for
your needs. Here are several factors to
consider that will give you an idea of why
prices vary from web host to web host.
Low cost plans
These types of plans are low in cost for a
reason, they usually dont provide much in
the way of service or technical support.
They are basically suitable for someone
looking to create a family photo page or
simple sales page. They are not meant to
host a startup business that needs room to
grow as well as additional features to
support that growth. They may offer email
services but technical support of any kind
will be very limited if existent at all.
These types of plans often offer a wider
range of services. In some cases, these web
hosts offer a more solid network
infrastructure with a data-center. This
drives up the cost of their hosting plans.
In addition, the types of servers used by
these types of web hosts can further drive
up the costs. If they use brand named
servers like Dell versus no name servers,
they may charge a little more to recoup
their investment in their infrastructure.
- If a web host offers such features as
bandwidth, web space or email accounts,
these may be offered at an additional cost
to the customer. You can get these options
sometimes with the lower cost plans but the
amount of space allowed you is very limited.
If you go over the allotted space limit you
could pay significant additional expenses.
However with web host plans that cost a
little more, your space limits are increased
and the price is already included in the
monthly fee charged.
You will find that it is
fairly common among web hosts to charge
initial set up fees. These fees can range
from $50 to $100 and are a one time
expense for setting up your web host
account. Web hosts that charge this setup
fee usually will provide additional services
and support in helping transfer your domain
registration and such. Sometimes if you ask,
a web host may actually waive the setup fee
for this transfer just to get your business.
High-end Hosting Plans
Hosting plans that cost $100 or more a
month are considered a high-end hosting
plan. They tend to offer more services and
features and better technical support. They
are known to offer longer hours of support
availability and employ a better grade of
technician to service the needs of their
customers. Some even offer dedicated support
lines for easier and quicker responses to
To sum up, lower costing
hosting plans are good for hobbyists or
simple web pages, they are not intended to
host a small business that needs room to
grow and services to accommodate that
growth. Good hosting is a critical part of
any business presence on the net. There are
many features and services that are needed
to support a growing business. It is best to
buy the best hosting plan possible. One that
offers the needed web space, email accounts,
bandwidth and technical support that are
vital to keeping a business up and running
on a daily basis. It doesnt pay to skimp on
cost when your business viability is on the
line. Shop around and get the best plan to
meet your needs today and well into the
Taking in all the
information that is on the topic of web hosting
it will be crucial that one area that is talked
about is that of the types of plans that are
offered. This is the one area that often gets
overlooked in the fact that this tends to not be
considered that important in making a wise
decision about the actual host.
The more affordable of
these options is that of a free hosting account.
Often, this is for the individual who is seeking
out a plain basic site that they can use for
their personal web page. This allows for enough
room to build a decent site as well as enough
bandwidth to have a decent amount of visitors at
any given time.
For a small business,
you may want to consider one of the basic level
packages to use for your hosting needs; this is
an important consideration that has to be given
a decent amount of thought. There are a large
number of affordable plans that are on the
market that an individual can use in their
business needs. While your business is on the
small side, there is no real reason to go big
and aim for a really expensive plan. The more
affordable small plan will fit the need just
fine at first.
The larger companies
will often want to aim for the large expensive
plan. This is due to all the advanced features
that are offered such as a larger amount of
bandwidth as well as an increased amount of
storage space. These plans are generally only
suited for the large business or a site that has
reached a certain level. For a personal small
site, this hosting plan will be a waste of time
Regardless of the size
of the site that you have, Make sure that you
have sat down and made the needed preparations
for the hosting plan that you are going to use.
The more planning you do at the start, then the
better that the end results will be. There is a
world of difference that can be seen when it is
a matter of taking the hosting plan and fitting
it with your needs. It is important that you do
not underestimate your needs. It is also
important that you do not shoot for the stars
until you are ready. It is a meaningless task to
pay for something that you do not need just yet.
Make sure that you are taking the time to look
at all of your potions with a clear head and an
The extras with web
hosting. Often, a person is under the impression
that a website being hosted is all that a
hosting plan will offer. While this is the basic
concept involving a hosting plan, there are some
rewards that tend to be offered to a person that
is hosting their plan with a particular company.
Many of these you may never need or use, while
others will be a nice addition to your site. Let
us take a look at some of the extras that are
offered for a person to take advantage.
A shopping cart may
not be a big deal for a person that is hosting a
site that is political commentary, but an online
store will need this, as it will be crucial for
a business to succeed. There are many hosting
companies that offer these added extras as an
excellent way of helping a site to be more
productive. Another added advantage will be a
live chat feature.
When a customer needs
to get in touch with you, a live chat feature
will be a welcomed sight for them. This allows
the customer to speak directly with a person in
regard to an issue that they may have on a
particular item that they ordered. This helps to
speed up the process as well as the customer can
get the answers that they are seeking out.
The option of taking
online payments will be a huge bonus for a
person that is doing business online. The added
feature of being able to process the payments
automatically and securely, will make the
process quick and effortless on both the
customer as well as the business owner.
While all of these
added features sound tempting to add to your
site, there is a bit of caution that should be
addressed when talking about these. Many of
these will be an added cost to your monthly
charge. It is advised that unless you really
need these that you do not take them as part of
your package. This will just be an added cost
that you really do not need to add.
Taking in all the
information presented here, you will be able to
take the full advantage of the added features
that can be placed on a website to make it a lot
more functional for both the owner of the site
as well as those that will be visiting
regularly. These features will lead to a lot
more functionality being placed within the site
and make it more appealing and thus profitable.