What Hosting Plan Does a Startup Require?

There are different kinds of startups. Some are affiliates sites that review products and sell them via retailers, taking a commission for their referral. Other startups are dot-coms, app-based, or web app ones that have different needs to an internet marketer with their affiliate site.

Let’s consider what hosting plans are suitable for different types of startups.

Web App

Web apps are typically Software-as-a-Server (SaaS) business models where customers visit their website, sign up, log in, and then begin using their software. The software isn’t installed. Rather, it is the website. Try to imagine a world where the cloud storage provider Dropbox only has a website and no mobile apps. You’d log into your Dropbox account and then transfer files back and forth; that’s a web app.

With web apps, they tend to use VPS hosting. This is a virtual private server, which gives them root superuser access to their virtual server. There will be scores of other virtual servers being used by other customers. The idea behind them is that they all run in a ring-fenced fashion where one virtual server doesn’t consume more of the real server resources than it should. With VPS hosting, the hosting plan can be scaled up and down with more processor, memory, and storage resources as the web apps customer usage grows.

Mobile App

Modern mobile apps use a range of different storage and online hosting options. In the first instance, the app is usually downloaded from either the Play Store for Android, the Apple App Store for iOS, or the Windows App Store for Windows Mobile apps.

For data access, a mobile app will often store customer data encrypted on a VPS hosting plan (a shared one would be too limited and have restricted server access) or using a cloud storage account, or both. Sometimes a cloud hosting plan is utilized to distribute the hosting across multiple physical servers for diversification, which could also include using data centers in different parts of the U.S. or around the world.

Affiliate Site

An affiliate site, which reviews products and links out with a “Buy Now” button to Amazon, eBay, Clickbank, and other online e-commerce sites, is usually hosted on a regular web server. Most sites are hosted on WordPress and there are specialist WordPress web hosts and web hosts that offer customized WordPress hosting plans. Both options tend to be better than regular shared hosting plans, but both will be outgrown by most websites within a few months. When page loading speed is a factor, then shared hosting is not the way to go.

When a site has over 1,000 daily visitors and it sometimes peaks at 5,000+ visitors per day, then you should be considering a VPS server that can offer more resources and handle the traffic levels without slowing down the site. The costs are higher, but for most businesses, it’s well worth it.

To help you pick the best hosting for your business type, check out hostingkingdom.com, which reviews many web hosts and offers comparisons of the popular ones.

Remember, you can change your plan with a hosting provider and many offer money-back guarantees with a cooling off period in case you’re not happy.









Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.
Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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