Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems available. Its robust features and versatile templates allow webmasters to quickly build attractive, feature rich sites.
Going with a cheap Drupal host is a smart move for those testing Drupal for the first time to see if it offers what they need in a CMS. There are many affordable hosting packages available today that are quite reliable if somewhat limited on bandwidth and disk space.
Drupal based websites need to be hosted on servers which complement its abilities and improve the user experience. It can be time consuming if you end up having to change your hosting service after deploying your web application. Depending on the size and nature of your project, you’ll have to move a number of files and ensure that the new installation is properly configured so that you can hit the ground running. Not only can this task result in a number of hours of wasted productivity but can also cause significant amounts of downtime and loss of revenue for your application.
This makes it important for you to consider the following factor while choosing a web host:
Good quality, cheap Drupal hosting packages are available from as low as $5 per month.
You need to estimate the disk space your site will need and compare it with the offered storage space of a hosting plan. You need to consider not just the space required by the files of your applications but also the space that might be required by user uploads or any media files that you might use in future.
Number of Domains
Unless you are certain that you will never need to host a second website, you should carefully consider the number of domains a hosting package allows you to host. If there’s a good chance that you’ll need to host many domains, choose a package which places no restrictions on the number of domains you are allowed to host.
Just like with domains, some hosting packages restrict the number of databases you can use. Based on your requirements, you should evaluate whether a plan with no restrictions on the number of databases is required or not.
If your website uses media like audio and video or if your website attracts a large amount of traffic, bandwidth costs can quickly shoot through the roof. That’s why it is always prudent to go for hosting plans which place no restrictions on the amount of bandwidth your website consumes.
Drupal has a multisite feature which makes it possible for you to manage multiple website from a single installation. This is especially helpful if you want to host and manage more than one website on the same hosting account. A single update to the core installation will instantly be reflected across all installations. This makes managing Drupal based websites easy and manageable. This facility is available at most hosts including most inexpensive Drupal hosting packages.