Disadvantages of Business Hosting

Although business hosting can offer you greater amounts of features in one area, they can be lacking in other important facets that may be important for your website. Before you make your decision, here are some important disadvantages to keep in the front of your mind.

First, you will need to make sure that your hosting company supports the database format that you are using. While business hosting plans usually do support most databases, it is important to make sure that your database is compatible before making your decision.

Some companies do not offer hosting packages that support Access databases, and others don’t offer support for SQL databases. Instead of having to convert your databases, which can be costly and time consuming, it is easier to find the right business hosting company that supports your database format.

Business hosting plans, while offering a number of features, usually don’t offer unlimited email addresses. Many regular hosting plans offer a large amount or unlimited amount of email addresses that can be associated with your account. If your company needs more than 50 email addresses, this can be a large problem.

In addition to a lesser amount of email addresses, disk space amounts and data transfer amounts are usually lower with business hosting plans. Since business hosting plans focus on different features, this area is usually one that suffers the most.

The cost of business hosting is typically much higher than general or budget hosting. This is due to the features that are offered, such as shopping carts and other tools that would otherwise not be free. Since they are bundled in with your account, you will usually have to pay more for these features than you would for a site that offered just a basic place to host your site.

Cost is an area that can fluctuate greatly, and can be a very large disadvantage. On the same token, there are many general hosting companies that are offering the same kind of features associated with business hosting accounts for much less money. It is important to research all of your options to make sure that you are getting the most amount of features for the least amount of money.

While most business hosting companies offer SSL or secure socket layer, for secure transactions from an online store, they may not be compatible with your merchant account gateway. You will need to check with both your hosting company and your merchant account to make sure that your gateway is supported before you select your hosting company. This is an area that cannot be fixed or worked around, so it is important to take the time to ensure compatibility ahead of time.

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Posted on 12/14/05 2:59 PM

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