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Recently, it has become a bigger and bigger question on why small web hosting companies seem to treat and care for their customers better and nicer. Is it really so? Or, is there something behind it?

What Makes Smaller New Hosts Sound Better?

Well, to be honest there is one big thing that small web hosts can do while large hosts may not – personalized services and custom web hosting plans. Of course many people won’t reject this kind of offer. You get whatever you’d like to have. Just request them and they will provide it for you! A custom web hosting plan or your own personalized service is not impossible to get.

Additionally, small web hosting companies also seem to pay attention to each of their customers far more than large hosting companies. Why? Just imagine! To compare, in small hosts or new ones, you might be just one of their fifty to a hundred customers while large web hosting companies have around 100,000 customers or even more. It is not because large hosts do not care for you but more to that their attention is divided for much larger number of clients.

Smaller or new web hosts will more likely to do an extra mile for you. Even better, everything they do, they do it for you – like transferring your website manually or installing certain software you need for your website. That is because as they just start up their business and giving whatever their customers want will help them a lot in growing their name and popularity in the web hosting world.

However, Still Large Hosts Win One Step Forward…

Small and new hosts sound better? Then i’ll let you know that large hosts have better advantages. First, large hosts can offer their web hosting services for reasonable prices than the smaller companies as they are experienced on estimating and calculating their budgets and revenues well to provide the best service with very affordable prices and quality hosting.

And what is more important is they will be there everytime you need them, around the clock technical support (24/7). Whenever you’d like to ask questions or there is any issue with your website, you can always contact them either with chat or ticketing support. You don’t know when you’ll need a support for inquiries or solutions so better to have one that provides you 24/7 technical support you can contact anytime.

Next, you get more disk space and bandwidth. They don’t limit your growth, they don’t charge you everytime you need more resources, and you don’t need to ask for more as they have given you large amount of resources. All have been provided in the web hosting plan you purchase with them. You can grow your online home without limitation.

Also remember that large hosts are more stable and experienced as they have already been in the business for many years. They know how to run their web hosting business successfully. And when you have even very complicated issues, they are experienced to solve it well as they have known how to do this and that in the business for years.

So, figure out wisely which one you’d really like to choose for your important online presence success. The decision is absolutely in your hand.

~Gabrielle~

Sometimes we are confused on how much resources we need for our website and then we’ll just go with the one offering us the largest one. Well, from my experience, you should  figure out the total size of your website by knowing first how many files and how much the files’ size will be in your website, including the image files. You actually will never know how much resources you’ll use in web hosting service before you finish all the whole website pages’ design. So What Should You Do to Check? Actually, for storage resource, you can check the size of the files in megabytes, including images, videos, mp3, html web pages, dynamic scripts, etc. How? Right click on the site folder, choose properties, and see the megabyte size of the folder. It will provide you a good estimation of how much space needed to host your web site.  And you will know that you don’t need too much resources as only little space is needed to host your website.

After you have known how much space required, start to ask these questions to yourself so you will know what more to determine for your website. First, are log files needed for your website? Remember that log files tend to spend your space quicker if your site is popular. Second, what about e-mail accounts like if you use webmails? Consider that if it is not maintained regularly, tons of junk mails will be in your e-mail and it will waste your space sooner too. And don’t forget database! If you have some database files and fill them them with customer registration or e-commerce data such as product information or archived materials, it will develop into large databases and grow very fast too. Another thing to pay attention is bandwidth, that is the measurement to manage resources by most web hosts. The limit for your site traffic can be set and is counted everytime someone visits your website (your website’s visitors). Why? It is because your web data is transfered through the Internet and from the web server where your site is hosted to the browser of the person visiting your website, which will create your website traffic. How much data transfer is done increases and becomes the prediction of how much bandwidth of your website is in one month. But how to estimate your bandwidth per month? Let’s say your web file is around 100 KB per page and you get around 50 visitors. Each visitor will view 7 pages. That means the bandwidth needed will be 100 KB x 50 visitors x 7 pages each one views, resulting on 35,000 KB or 35 MB bandwidth. And in one month, you will need 30 days x 35 MB, which equals to 1050 MB or 1.05 GB. And if you think this usage is too large and you’d like to reduce the bandwidth, you can do it by reducing your page size, files size, image size, or the number of files/images used in your website. It will be good if your home page is less than 50 KB and so are the other pages. Nowadays, a large number of successful small to large E-Commerce websites operate with not much storage space, ranging from only 10 MB to 200 MB.  However, the most seen difference today is storage space is sold much cheaper and web hosts give you much more than you really use; while earlier, storage space is not that cheap.  But don’t get influenced by large storage offer with cheap prices. My suggestion is, although storage space may be very cheap these days, don’t buy more than you need! Keep your money! You better buy one that give you the suitable space size for your website with good prices and quality.

Remember that if later you have reached the limit and may need more, you can always upgrade or buy more space based on your website needs. Also remember that if you have smaller site and smaller files size, your website pages will load much faster than those who have large files size or large websites. Keep in mind that people would prefer visit websites that load fast!

~Gabrielle~