How to Choose a Website Hosting for Your Cannabis Business

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There are actually many different types of website hosting options that are available, and it can be very difficult to decide which one is best for your cannabis business. You should really consider the needs of your business, the size of your business, and also, of course, the budget when making this decision. 

In today’s blog post, I’m going to compare the most popular types of website hosting, and those are going to be shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting.

And I’ll also discuss the benefits and the drawbacks of each option so that you can actually make a more informed decision about which type of hosting is right for you and your cannabis business.

An Introduction to Website Hosting for Cannabis Businesses

All Cannabis Business Web hosting features are represented by an icon
All Web hosting features are represented by an icon

Any cannabis business, whether it’s a dispensary, a delivery service, or a cannabis-based product manufacturer, whatever it may be, needs to have a website. 

And not only does a website help to legitimize your business in the eyes of customers and vendors, but it also provides a platform for selling your products and services. You can promote specials, you can promote events, and you can actually share a lot of valuable information about your company.

However, having a simple website is not going to be enough. And you’ll need to know that you actually have a reliable website server that can handle the traffic and handle the demand that you may receive from your website visitors.

The different types of website hosting are, again, as I mentioned, shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. And before you launch your cannabis website, you’ll need to choose the right hosting plan. And your hosting plan basically provides just that. In case you are not aware, your web hosting plan provides the online space where your website files are stored.

When someone types in your website’s URL into the browser, the browser retrieves your information, retrieves those files from the web server, and displays them in the web browser. And that’s how websites work. 

Shared Hosting

This is the most basic and economical option, with shared hosting of your cannabis website. It will share a server with other websites, and it can possibly have a negative effect on your traffic, but it is still good for a budget-friendly operation if you may be running one of those. While this can lead to some slower page loading and it could actually cause your website to be slower, it is a good option for small cannabis businesses on a budget.

VPS Hosting

This is more expensive than shared hosting, but it does offer several advantages. With VPS hosting, your cannabis website is stored on its own virtual private server. That’s what VPS stands for. And this means your website won’t be affected by the traffic or activity of other websites that are also on the same server, and also that you have your own virtual space on the server.

In addition, VPS servers offer more storage space and bandwidth than a shared server would. As a result, they can handle larger cannabis businesses and more traffic, and they can handle just a larger business overall.

Dedicated Servers

They are the most expensive option, but they offer the best performance for cannabis business websites. With a dedicated server, your website is the only website stored on the physical server. What that means is you’ll have access to all of the resources of the server, including storage space, bandwidth processing power, and everything else, and these are best for any type of large traffic website.

And as a result, a dedicated server can actually handle large cannabis websites with high levels of traffic. That’s why I would really recommend a dedicated server if you’re running a larger scale website. Which type of hosting is best for your cannabis business? 

The cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and with that growth comes the need for reliable hosting services. But, of course, there are many options on the market, and I understand that it could be difficult to know which is the right type for your cannabis business.

Consider these things when choosing website hosting for your cannabis business.

A picture of an individual in front of his desktop
A picture of an individual in front of his desktop

#1: Size of your website.

If you have a large website with lots of traffic, you’ll need a robust hosting plan that can handle that type of traffic.

#2: Your budget.

Hosting plans can range from a few dollars per month to hundreds of dollars per month. Be sure to really choose a plan that fits your budget and where you are on your journey. And then also consider the features. 

#3: What features will you need for your cannabis business website? 

Some hosts offer basic plans with limited features, while others offer more comprehensive plans with e-commerce marketing and robust email blasts that can go out with tons of different features. You can choose the right plan that provides the features that you’ll need. Also, consider the level of expertise that you or your team has. 

If you’re not familiar with web design or hosting, you may want to choose a host that offers twenty-four-seven support, some type of online maintenance package, or easy-to-use tools. That way, you guys can really be able to feel more confident in your website and how it is being managed and hosted on the internet.

By considering these factors, you can actually narrow down your choices and choose the best cannabis industry website for your business. Another thing I want to share is that it’s important to really consider the size of your website, your budget, and the features you need. 

Conclusion

Shared hosting is the most basic and economical option, while VPS hosting offers more storage and more bandwidth than shared servers. Dedicated servers are going to be the most expensive option, but they offer the best performance for cannabis businesses. By considering all these factors, you will be able to choose the right web hosting plan for your cannabis business.

What is your preferred website hosting choice for your cannabis business?

Courtney Clarke

Managing Partner / Lead Web Strategist of QuickPro Digital Marketing

Courtney Clarke is a Managing Partner and the Lead Digital Marketing Strategist at QuickPro Digital Marketing. You can find Courtney on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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