As a business owner, it’s important that when looking for a web hosting solution, you find one that meets your needs. In your research, you may have come across business hosting as one of those options. But just what is it? And what it makes it different than the other types of hosting options you’ve seen before?
In this article, we’re looking directly into those questions. In doing so, we’ll also try to help determine whether business hosting is the right option for you and your business. We’ll also look at some of the key benefits and things to consider along the way. So, let’s dive in.
Many business owners, particularly when starting out, are looking for a web hosting solution that is easy to use, cost-friendly, and meets their basic needs. For this, they often may turn to a shared hosting plan because they are generally lower in cost and easier to manage. However, as businesses begin to scale and grow, many times these same business owners find that shared hosting simply no longer meets their needs, especially when their websites begin to experience much higher rates of traffic.
As a result, the need to upgrade to a more resource intensive hosting solution such as VPS hosting or a fully dedicated server becomes much more necessary. The problem is that these advanced hosting solutions require much more technical knowledge in order to manage a server. The challenge then to business owners is that they either don’t have the time, required skill, or personnel in place to take on server management tasks.
That’s where business hosting comes in to play. It is a solution that was originally created in effort to bridge the gap between ease of management and advanced hosting, while retaining the benefits of a more powerful dedicated hosting solution. And essentially, that’s exactly what business hosting is. It’s an option that allows business owners to harness the power of having a virtual server or dedicated server, but in an easy to manage format similar to that of a shared hosting plan.
A good way of thinking about this question is that business hosting is a step up from a traditional shared hosting plan, but not so advanced that it requires server management skills like with VPS or dedicated hosting plans. Additionally, it offers more resources such as RAM, CPU, and storage limits than shared hosting does. In fact, the resources provided are more comparable to that of a virtual private server. The benefits being that it is not as costly as a dedicated solution and is much easier to use and manage.
View a comparison chart outlining the differences between shared, business, and VPS hosting.
There are four plan tiers to choose from. The plan tiers include:
Launch – An ideal option for creating one to several basic websites.
Enhance – For higher traffic websites that run on WordPress or Joomla.
Grow – For more advanced eCommerce websites that run on Magento.
Expand – Excellent for websites that are very resource intensive and require the most resources available.The main difference between each plan is in the allotted resource limits for RAM, CPU, and storage as shown above. However, all plans come with the following:
1 – The ability to create unlimited websites and databases
2 – Unmetered traffic
3 – A free SSL certificate
4 – Access to cPanel
5 – 24/7 expert support
Among the key benefits business hosting offers to business owners is the convenience of saving time and money, while still being able to take advantage of a powerful hosting solution. The truth is, there is no size fits all. Every business is unique in its requirements and needs. This is why having options is not only convenient, but important.
At some point, business that are growing and getting more traffic to their websites need a stronger and more reliable hosting solution. It’s really not a matter of if, but when, particularly if business is picking up. To ensure that the customers visiting your website have a seamless and fast loading user experience, a dedicated hosting solution is a must.
But the fact is, most business owners don’t want to deal with managing a server, learn how to, or hire a server administrator to manage their server. That’s where this option can benefit business owners big time. There’s no need to do any of those things, but your business still reaps the benefits of a reliable hosting solution that goes above and beyond your needs.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what business hosting is and the benefits it offers to business owners who need to scale up. If you’re at a point where you think it’s time to bump your business up to the next level, then give business hosting a try. Help is always available at any time to get you started or answer any questions along the way.
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