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Namecheap - Choosing the right hosting plan and when to upgrade

All web hosting plans have different features and offer different levels of resources. How do you select the right plan for you? A Shared hosting plan is by far the most popular one as it is affordable and suitable for most websites. With thousands of web hosts competing for your business and endless offers of unlimited bandwidth and disk space, the new or less experienced webmaster is usually be tempted to go with the lowest priced hosting they can find.

EasyWP
EasyWP is hosted on Namecheap’s powerful cloud platform and remains the best-value managed WordPress hosting solution for creating and building websites. EasyWP’s Starter Plan starts at just $3.88 per month, with the first month only $1.00. In other words, EasyWP makes WordPress easy, accessible, and affordable to everyone. EasyWP does all the technical heavy lifting for you and provides you with all the service you’d expect from traditional managed WordPress Hosting but at a fraction of the price. There’s no need to log into your cPanel or download files. EasyWP helps you set up a new WordPress website in less than 30 seconds, with a few clicks.

Shared Hosting
As the name suggests, Shared Hosting is a number of hosting accounts located on one server, some of them share the same IP address (although a dedicated IP address is often available for an additional fee). These plans will always offer a specific set of features and will always have resource limits. It is essential to know what features you need for your site and how demanding it can get in terms of resources consumption. If you are not certain, it is absolutely alright to start with a more limited plan and upgrade later after your site grows and gets more traffic. Just be sure that the plan you select offers the features your site requires. Some of the things you may need to consider: disk space, bandwidth, number of hosted domains and, possibly, number of subdomains and parked domains, versions of PHP, MySQL, and Perl. Will you need a dedicated IP address? You may want to allow multiple FTP users or you may need to create a number of email addresses.

Business Hosting
Business SSD hosting represents the highest quality and most powerful hosting solution available without moving to a Dedicated server. In terms of Shared Hosting, a Business plan offered by Namecheap is second to none. Namecheap Business Hosting servers are very fast and have fewer users per server. This plan has no limits on Hosted Domains/Parked Domains/Subdomains/FTP users/Databases/ or Mail accounts. It also provides high priority support as well as higher limits on outgoing email.

Reseller Hosting
Reseller Hosting is your gateway to the world of online entrepreneurship. In essence, Reseller Hosting allows you to become a hosting provider for your clients. That’s why Namecheap offers cPanel-based Reseller Hosting plans, which allows you to create separate accounts in WHM (the main control panel). Here you’ll be able to offer your clients separate cPanel accounts with all the necessary features included: file manager, email accounts, resource control, development options, security features, SSH access, and more.

VPS Hosting
VPS stands for a Virtual Private Server. This refers to the partitioning of a physical server into multiple servers where each one acts just like a dedicated server, each has its own operating system and can be rebooted separately. These operating systems receive a specific share of the resources of the physical server; and they are isolated from each other – if one VPS experiences problems or tries to use too much memory or CPU resources, it has no effect on the others.

Dedicated Servers
A Dedicated server is the most powerful option and is suitable for the most demanding websites. One major advantage of a Dedicated server you should be aware of is the ability to upgrade certain features. Even if you outgrow your server, sometimes, it isn't necessary to move to a new server. With Shared Hosting you cannot buy additional features, you have to upgrade to a higher plan. With a fully dedicated server, you are not so limited. You can buy the bandwidth you need.

How do I know when I need to upgrade?
It is easy to know when the time comes to upgrade. As your site grows and traffic increases, it is possible that at some point your site may require more resources. With most hosting providers you won't find this out until you start to experience problems with your site. With Namecheap, you can monitor this yourself thanks to CloudLinux – log into your cPanel and look on the left, below the monthly bandwidth and disk space usage you will see CPU Usage as a percentage and Concurrent Connections. Keep a close watch on the CPU Usage if it frequently starts getting too high. You will also want to watch your disk space and bandwidth, depending on the type of site you have and its content, the requirements for disk space and bandwidth can vary greatly.

What do I do when I need to upgrade?
The first thing is to determine what you need and try to some extent to anticipate your future needs. Once you believe you have determined what you need, begin looking at plans that may meet your requirements, carefully examine the specifications of these plans and don't be reluctant to ask questions. Here at Namecheap, Namecheap can offer recommendations if you like, and Namecheap will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Then, once you have decided on a new plan, your next actions depend on the hosting plan you are moving from and the one you are moving to.​
 

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