Will your site have user accounts?



Expert Advice

Why does it matter if my site has users?

If your site has users, each one will add his or her own data to your site. Lots of users mean lots of data, data that takes up space on your hosting. If you’re planning on hundreds or even thousands of users, you should plan for extra hosting resources.

If your site doesn’t store user data, you can have a smaller hosting plan.

What's a user account?

User accounts are spaces on your site set up by individuals, that contain personal information like username, birthdate, given name, credit card information, photo, or comments.

If you’re selling products on your website, you’ll have to allow for user accounts. If you want people to comment on your posts, you’ll be storing user data. User data exists on most sites on the internet, and it’s one of the most common concerns to take into account when you’re purchasing hosting.

If your site is strictly for information, you don’t need user accounts and you can make do with less expensive hosting. The opposite is true if you’ll be hosting users on your site. You should give a lot of thought about hosting users when planning your site.