7 Reasons to Upgrade your Hosting Plans
Every business starts from scratch with the ambition to become big. They launch a website to promote and expand their business. In the beginning, their website is simple & require fewer resources; so for the hosting needs, most of them opt for the Shared hosting plan. Although some also may opt for the VPS hosting plan, if their budget permits.
Depending on their hard work, aggression, and aspirations, there will come a time when their website will work at the peak of its capacity and may be in dire need of an upgrade. The trick for the businesses is to choose the perfect time to upgrade their hosting plan.
Too early upgrade may end up in futile money spending, while a late upgrade may end up in losing many potential customers and site traffic. Following are the points to consider to ease the upgrading confusion & worries and select a higher plan at the right time:
Too much downtime
Websites need to stay up and online all the time to connect with potential customers. It is crucial to building trust in them about its performance and reliability. Although, that is not possible as no web host gives an uptime of above 99.9%, still if the website is having downtime of more than 0.1% regularly, it may be time to get a better plan.
Most of the downtime happens due to a sudden spike in website traffic in a short span which the website can’t handle, such an issue can be a major one for e-commerce websites as they can lose many potential customers and sales.
Inadequate Security features
Security features are obviously the least in shared hosting. Hence, websites here are the most prone to hacking and other cyber-attacks. If your website collects sensitive user information and/or does financial transactions, then security should be a top priority for the website.
Higher hosting plans will give better security features and more control for you over them. If you are apprehensive about the current security arrangements for the website, go ahead and upgrade your hosting plan.
It is highly likely that after some time the current resources for your website may not be adequate for operating it. Shared hosting plans give only the basic features required to handle small websites. Features like HDD space, RAM capacity, and website backups etc. might not handle the boom in website traffic or the need to add more pages, functionalities to the website. A higher plan will provide more of such features and also the power for you to choose the capacity/configuration.
Slow website speed
Website speed is the first impression the potential customer gets about your business. Hence, it becomes an important factor for them to either stay or leave for a rival business. If it takes more than two seconds to load your website, first check factors like heavy graphics, unnecessary plugins, poor theme etc. If any of them are not the culprit for the slow speed, esp. in the peak time of the day, then the hosting plan may need to be upgraded. Higher plans like VPS or dedicated hosting provide a bigger bandwidth and more control over your website operations, which can be useful especially if your business is planning a big activity during the weekends, festivals etc.
Increase in traffic
To get more website traffic is in line with the ambitions of every business to grow into a bigger corporation. It is positive news if the website traffic is steadily increasing, but there is a limit to the allowance of a shared hosting plan for traffic, which usually can be 10000 visitors per day.
If your website has started to fiddle with that limit regularly, it can result in slow website speed which is something to be averted at any cost. Then it is recommended to upgrade your hosting plan to VPS or Dedicated.
Shared hosting plan provides basic features which are the same for all the websites and in that you don’t get to do any customizations. But different websites have different needs and grow at a different pace. If you want more control over your website operations and features you need to upgrade your hosting plan. VPS offers some degree of control, whereas the dedicated plan will give you total control over customization.
When you start thinking about upgrading your hosting plan, you have to first consider your budget for the website as the higher plans like VPS and dedicated will gradually cost more than the shared hosting plan. Although it’s worth it, still you don’t want to upgrade your hosting plan earlier than needed and waste precious money in the process. Thus, it is important to consider every option carefully and upgrade the hosting plan to a more suitable one at the correct time.