Web hosting packages vary in scope as much as businesses vary in needs. It can be tough to determine the right package to purchase when your company is new (or in a phase of growth) because you need to decide if you want to select a web hosting plan that fits your current needs and upgrade as needs change, or to pick a plan you can grow into so you don’t have to hassle with an upgrade.
Here are three scenarios of a business that will help you decide which option is the best fit for you…
1) Your Business is a New Start-Up
As a start up, the goal is growth. It can be tempting to try and cut costs when launching a business, but the time and stress of upgrading a hosting plan soon after purchasing it may not be worth the cost savings. If you plan on growing, why select as plan that fits your current needs, when you could go one step up and have room to grow?
2) Your Business is Established, but is Getting Online for the First Time
If your business has been established, and you’re simply getting yourself online for the first time, select a plan that fits your current size. Unless you plan on moving most of your sales to an online store, or plan on revamping the way you do business, chances are you will know the commitment to an online presence you’ll need. It could still be useful to select a plan a step above what you think you’ll need (especially if you’re adding an online shopping cart), but you can be comfortable selecting a plan that fits your current needs since you’re established instead of brand new.
3) Your Business is a Side Business or Hobby
Being a “small” business can be wonderful. Either it’s a side business, jut for fun, or the online component of your business doesn’t need to be huge (though you do need an online presence, as it’s expected by consumers in today’s economy). If you’re this type of business, feel free to select a small plan. If it grows, congratulate yourself and then upgrade, but if you know going into it that your web hosting needs will be conservative, there’s no need to chose a more in depth plan until you have to.