Cloud-type hosting plans are becoming more and more popular among businesses big and small. While cloud is undoubtedly one of the best hosting solutions for large businesses, the suitability remains vague for smaller businesses and start-ups. Small businesses should not be too eager to spend money on a cloud package, which can be quite expensive. It’s important to first think whether such a plan will be suitable for the hosting needs of your company. In case you are still wondering whether to invest in a cloud plan, here are several questions to ask yourself before you actually do:
1. What are My Website’s Current Traffic Numbers?
Cloud hosting is the preferred form of hosting plan for companies that experience spikes in traffic occasionally, and also companies that steadily receive high volumes of traffic. If your website falls to either of these categories, then hosting via cloud is probably the way to go. If your website only has several hundreds of visitors per month, then you could end up overpaying for a cloud plan. Therefore, check the average and median numbers for website traffic. Do not forget to look at charts to see if the traffic has a tendency to spike here and now. Cloud plans can dramatically reduce the risk of going offline for websites that do.
2. Do I Anticipate High Volumes of Traffic in the Future?
Some businesses start out with hundreds of visitors per month, which tend to swell to thousands or even tens of thousands of visitors as the months progress. If your business anticipates this kind of growth, it’s best to switch to cloud and ensure a smooth internet experience for your loyal customers. Every company eventually plans to grow. Only switch to a cloud package now if you anticipate this growth in the upcoming months, not years.
3. Am I Planning to Introduce New Content?
Speedy websites are key to delivering the best customer experience that boosts sales. Wrong hosting can make websites slow. Your site may take long to load if it’s packed with graphics, animations, plugins and other components. The conventional wisdom is that developers must keep web components to a minimum for the sake of speed. But you don’t have to worry about bulky websites with a cloud plan. Instead of removing content, you can add even more because cloud web hosting is fast and reliable.
4. Do I Require Remote Access to the Servers?
If you plan on travelling, or have travelling employees, would you still need access to the server admin? Then a cloud package is your only solution. Certain administrative software can be accessed via the “cloud” from a remote computer or a handheld device. So, for companies with virtual offices or people who work remotely, cloud web hosting will be a very efficient, convenient and cost-saving option.
5. Do I Want to Reduce Hardware and Other Secondary Costs Associated with Hosting Plans?
Some hosting plans accumulate additional costs for hardware, security, and other features. If you want to reduce your overhead costs for maintaining a server and web hosting, switching over to the cloud will be a good solution. Cloud plans do not involve in hardware costs. The servers are located elsewhere. So you will only get a single monthly bill for the hosting.
Ask yourself the above questions before spending money on a cloud web-hosting plan. If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions, then your website definitely needs a cloud plan.
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