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Why Hosting Prices Matter

Why Hosting Prices Matter

Web Hosting Matters

When it comes to getting your website or blog online, the Web hosting company that you choose is very important. In fact, as you begin your search for a web hosting company, you will come across a great deal of information that will probably surprise you.

First, you will see website hosting horror stories. These stories tell us of the awful aspects of web hosting companies. You will read of servers that have gone down at crucial times, sites that have been completely wiped of all of their content (without a backup in place), shoddy customer service, web hosting companies that shut you down for no apparent good reason, and so much more.

These horror stories are why the web hosting decision that you make is so important. These stories are true, and if you don’t choose the right web host company, these nightmares can become yours – easily.

Web Host’s Purpose

It really doesn’t matter what your purpose in setting up a website is. If you are just setting up some personal pages or building an online business empire, it takes a great deal of your time and work. When you wake up one morning to find that your web host company has wiped out your entire site, all of that hard work could simply be gone in the blink of an eye. In the case of a personal site, you’ve only lost your hard work. However, in the case of a business venture, you’ve probably also lost a great deal of money.

It isn’t just the bad service of web hosting that affects you. Many people take the cheap route and wake up to find that their web hosting service has flown the proverbial coop during the night…taking your web pages with them. This happens more often than you might think, and it happens regardless of how far in advance you have paid for the service.

Some web hosting companies try very hard, and don’t disappear, but cannot handle the service that you need…simply because they are not set up for that level of service. With many web host companies, you can call and upgrade in the blink of an eye if the need arises (such as if you need more bandwidth in a hurry). Others simply don’t have the ability to be that flexible.

As you can see, web hosting is not as simplified as we like to think it is. There is more to it than just picking a web host company out of a hat, typically based on the cost. You must do your due diligence to find the right web host for your needs, as well as a web host that has stability, in terms of their business structure, to be sure that the host won’t disappear into the night. There is a great deal to consider, and it’s an important decision. Let’s start by discussing the fact that you get what you pay for.

You Get What You Pay For

You get what you pay for. That statement is true no matter what you are purchasing, but it is especially true when it comes to web hosts. Many people who are new to building sites on the Internet will make their web host decision based on price, and this is the worst mistake that you can make.

Yes, there are cheap hosting solutions out there. Unfortunately, they don’t offer much of a solution. If a web host service is going to disappear overnight, it will be one that charged cheap prices in most cases. But your reason for avoiding ‘cheap’ web hosting goes beyond that.

When we make a purchase, we generally only see things from our own point of view. In the case of web hosting, however, you must also learn to see things from the web host company’s point of view. If they are charging a ridiculously low price, but advertising great service, you have to ask yourself several questions.

Running a web host company isn’t cheap. Those servers cost money to purchase and to maintain. Support staff costs money. Networks cost money. There is a high overhead unless it is a reseller account (we will be discussing account types later). Even if it is a reseller account, the reseller has to pay fees to the main hosting company. So, how is it that they can offer these cheap web hosting prices, and offer this level of service that they are promising?

In most cases, they cannot, which is why you will become an unsatisfied customer, and why so many web hosting companies such as this disappear overnight.

Last Attribute to Consider….Price

As much as price is a factor, it isn’t something that you base your choice on first. In fact, the price is the absolute last consideration. The first steps are to figure out what your site will need to do, look at the different types of accounts that are available, determine which features you require, determine how much disk space and bandwidth that you need, look at the reliability of the web hosting company, look at the technical and customer support offered by the company, and so much more.

With that information determined, you can find different web hosting companies that meet all of your requirements, and then – and only then – choose one of those, based on price.

One final thought about getting what you pay for…when it comes to a business site, a free website is never an option. These are suitable for personal web pages, and nothing more. Don’t make that fatal error! Pay for your domain, and pay for you’re hosting for the best results and the most positive web hosting experience.