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Choosing a Hosting Plan: A Beginner’s Guide

Many people start their own websites in the hope of generating money. If you know optimisation and advertising, you can easily create an affiliate network in order to generate massive revenue through your website. However, before launching your website, you will need to make a series of important decisions. After development and designing are completed, you will have to choose a hosting plan. There are hundreds of hosting providers in the UK. Most hosting companies offer a series of different packages and plans for their customers.

In the beginning, most website owners generally choose the lowest-priced plan. However, that’s not a wise idea. The cheapest plans offer limited bandwidth, and also fail to provide proper customer service. The type of hosting plan you choose mainly depends on upon the type of website you are going to launch.

Shared Hosting

The most common type of hosting plan offered to individuals is the shared hosting plan.  A shared hosting plan is one in which four or more websites are hosted on the same server. This is one of the reasons why shared hosting plans are so low-priced. The company only has to maintain one server for many websites. However, shared hosting plans are not viable for all websites. For instance, if you are running a professional business, you will want to choose a hosting plan that guarantees maximum uptime. In case there’s an issue with one website, or a malicious programme leak, the whole server will be affected. It will take a few days for the hosting provider to shift servers or get the same one going again.

Managed Hosting

Managed hosting is becoming more and more popular amongst web masters nowadays. Companies such as CWCS now offer managed hosting plans to their customers. CWCS provide 24-hour hosting support to customers who choose their managed hosting plans. It’s a great option for people who want a customisable server.

There are many advantages of choosing a managed hosting plan as compared to hosting your website on a shared server. The biggest advantage is priority customer support. In case something goes wrong with your website, you can immediately contact the customer support in order to resolve the issue.

Apart from that, managed hosting is considerably more flexible. Since only your website will be hosted on the server, you can choose the specifications based on your requirements. You can also choose the operating system that you want to install on the server, and choose any specific software programmes as well. Managed hosting isn’t expensive either. Managed hosting plans are designed for online businesses and companies that are looking to set up professional websites. If you are looking to buy a managed hosting plan, you should compare plans from different hosting providers. Start by reading reviews from customers in order to get an idea of the company’s service. Most companies also offer a free trial period that will give you an idea about the managed hosting plan before you subscribe to it.

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