Choosing the right plan

Choosing a BoltHost web hosting plan is easy, all plans include everything you need to run databases, blogs, discussion forums, content management systems, online stores and so much more. All plans are suitable for running business sites. You can upgrade or downgrade from one plan to another at any time, so simply begin with the cheapest Starter Hosting plan and if your site outgrows the plan you can upgrade.

Decide how many websites you need to run

If you have only one website then I recommend the Starter Hosting plan, but if you need to host several sites then you will need the Standard Hosting plan, it can host up to 5 websites. High traffic sites or customers with more than 5 websites will need the Advanced Hosting plan, it has a high traffic limit and can host an unlimited number of sites.

The Reseller Hosting plan is intended for web designers and developers who would like to offer their clients web hosting, however if you don't fit into this category but still need the huge disk space and bandwidth offered by this plan you are welcome to choose it.

Consider how much traffic your site will need

Most websites use less than 1GB of bandwidth per month so if this is a new website and you're not hosting huge image files, video or audio then either of the Starter Hosting or Standard Hosting plans should be suitable.

High traffic sites will need the Advanced Hosting or Reseller Hosting plan.

Extra bandwidth can be added to any plan for just $5 per 5 GB.

Consider how much disk space your site will need

Most sites use less than 10MB of disk space, even large complex sites are usually under 50MB. All of our plans offer significantly more than this, however the disk space allowance also includes any email that you might store on BoltHost's servers. If you download your email regularly then you won't need much space for it at all. Extra disk space can be added to any plan for just $5 per 100MB.

I will be conducting E-commerce, will I need to order an SSL certificate?

No not necessarily, many popular payment gateways including PayPal, Paymate and Payment Express have the option of hosting the payment form on their secure site so that your customers can enter credit card details in a secure environment without the need for you to secure your own website. This can be a significant cost saving because if you want to capture credit card data through your own website you will need a dedicated IP address and an SSL certificate. These can add significantly to your web hosting expenses. All BoltHost plans can be upgraded with a dedicated IP and SSL certificate if required.

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