Like every business, start-ups need a
website. The design and build of that website is important, but what about web hosting
for start-ups? With money likely to be tight, finding the right
web host for your start-up won’t be an easy decision.
can help make the process of identifying
a web host for your start-up a simpler one. Before agreeing to
any web hosting plan, make sure you can see the full picture and have
a well-defined strategy for your website, at least for the next 12
Here are five things to consider when
looking for web hosting for start-ups:
It’s not all down to
You’ll be counting the pennies in the early days as a
start-up and so cost is likely to be a large consideration in every
purchasing consideration, including buying web hosting. You can get
plans from as little as 99p per month and as high as you want to go.
It’s important to consider what
each web hosting plan offers though. Tying yourself in to a plan
which you outgrow within a couple of months could end up being more
expensive on the medium and long-term.
Identify the needs of your
If your website will feature complex functionality,
large image libraries or product catalogues, then you will likely
need to factor in a higher amount of storage, bandwidth and perhaps
extra features such as SQL databases within your web hosting.
on the other hand, your website is merely some marketing copy and
engagement tools, then you may be able to get a more basic plan.
Knowing this information from day one and having a clear strategy
for your website is vital when choosing your first web host.
have identified a shortlist of potential web hosts, it’s worth
spending some time looking at what admin tools are available with
each web hosting package. You will find that each managed web
hosting plan will have access to similar control panels or back-end
dashboards. Read user reviews and comments about each, and once
again make sure you identify any requirements you have that may or
may not be possible with some admin tools.
you are using a template-based platform that offers website designs
without the need for a developer, it is likely you won’t need to
look elsewhere for hosting as this will come packaged with the
website. However, if this is the approach you are settled on you
need to beware of future proofing your website. What if in 18
months you wish to move this site outside of the host? Can you take
the design with you, and will it run on an independent web hosting
and by no means least is customer support. As a start-up business,
your time is going to be spread thin already as you try to manage
many facets of your new company. But you need to ensure you have
help at hand should anything go wrong, and this includes with your
Make sure you fully analyse the customer
support services offered by the web hosts you have shortlisted.
Anything other than 24/7 support should be discounted as the vast
majority of web hosting providers now offer this.
having features such as user forums, live chat systems and a secure
way of logging and tracking support tickets are all good options to
have available from
your web hosting company. These will give you greater peace of
mind as you have multiple ways of contacting the relevant support
teams if any problems with your web hosting arise.