Affordable Web Hosting Services
Firstly you need a reliable solution which doesn’t cost too much. Not all cheap web hosts are rubbish! At first you could go for shared hosting and turn to dedicated as your needs grow.
But you need to be careful! Some offers have very limited features and deliver very little. So how do you decide?
What is affordable?
Prices have been falling for many years ranging from £10 per month 10 years ago to less than £2 now
So to get affordable web hosting with features that meet today’s standards you should look to pay less than £5 per month.
Your deal should give you the capacity to host multiple domains with web statistics support , web and email services, 99.9% server uptime, post sale technical support, auto script installations with updated My SQL and PHP. Better still would be malware scanning included
What are the problems you are likely to have and how do you over come them?
Hosting companies are there to make money and there can be pitfalls when you take the cheap option. The following are some examples:
Up-selling and Cross-Selling
Affordable hosting companies will often try to get more money from you by trying to sell you add on services such as protection against email spam, email management tools, CMS themes etc. You will often not need these services which are often offered as free trials followed by high service prices.
How do you avoid this? – scrutinise your service agreement and beware of offers received from your hosting company and look in to these offers before “jumping in”
If there are too many websites on a shared server, you will suffer from slow load times and regular down time and limited server resources. To avoid this, research the uptime record and customer feedback on your selected web hosting company.
You can track your web site hosting uptime yourself!
Obviously downtime is bad – you could lose a lot of business that way, so look for providers who guarantee over a 99.9% uptime. There are many server monitoring tools available on line, some free, some not. Degrees of monitoring vary of course but free tools include: Pingdom,Uptime Robot, Monitor Us, and WHSR’s Uptime monitor, Examples of paid tools include: Uptime, Nagios, Cacti.
Beware of other users on your hosting site!
You could be unlucky and share with someone who takes up a lot of the server resource or use bad practices that could lead to a virus that might infect your site.
Most hosting companies operate strict procedures to stop this happening and keep out hackers and spammers. If it does happen to you, insist that you are moved to another server.
Technical support not up to scratch
If your affordable web hosting company does not give you adequate technical support through lack of staffing, look to change to another hosting company. Research first by talking to their technical department and make a judgement on their responses.
Cancellation – hidden fees
Look carefully at their terms and conditions – again do the research first! Avoid those with vague cancellation terms.
My SQL databases too limited
Some providers will limit My SQL database usage. Ensure that there will be support for at least 100 of these.
Increased renewal cost
Watch that you are not lured into a cheap deal for one or two years and then find a large increase in costs on renewal. Some providers will operate on a “loss leader” basis to encourage you to join and hope to recoup these losses by putting up their prices on renewal. You could change provider but it may be better to look for one that offers a long term commitment on guaranteed prices.