The first thing you’re told when you want to have a website is that you need to pay for a hosting plan. But what does it mean and what should you look for?
Although websites seem completely virtual, the information and files of data it requires to function need to be stored somewhere. An actual physical place that is connected directly to the internet. This physical place is a computer. But not your everyday computer. It’s a high powered computer called a Web Server, which is basically a more powerful and noisy hunk of metal and wires. Typically no individual person would want to own a web server because it’s expensive, technically challenging, and noisy. That being said, servers usually live in a big room with many other servers, called a data center, that is owned by a hosting company. A hosting company leases the space within servers to other companies or individuals.
Web hosting companies take into consideration two main things when they offer hosting plans: the amount of disk space and bandwidth you need. Quickly explained, the disk space depends on the content of the website whereas the bandwidth depends on the expected amount of traffic. Typically, the more sophisticated and media rich the website, the more disk space and probably bandwidth will be needed. Factors that can affect the bandwidth and disk space are: the average page size, the number of pages on your website, and the number of daily page loads.
Now what could you need in addition to basic bandwidth and disk space? Turns out there are many additional factors that affect the functionality and efficiency of your website. Beyond typical hosting plans, are what we like to call MANAGEMENT plans. Management plans aren’t available with most hosting companies because it requires additional skill sets. Along with technical expertise to run and manage servers, it needs the input of web developers and strategists.
Here are 7 reasons why companies that offer management plans should be your new standard:
All things considered, your web management plan can and should offer more than just hosting.
Over the years we’ve realized that offering a management plan, is the only way to treat our clients.
For the month of February, we’re offering a deal on our starter management plan. Your commitment to a one year plan will get the $300 migration fee waved. All we need is first and last month’s rent – $120.