Sorting Out the Best and Fastest Connection Through Budget Web Hosting

Budget web hosting has become the rage anywhere. Even an ordinary Joe uses a web hosting service to connect his website to the outside world to do business or socialize.

There was a time when web hosts used to charge a pretty penny for their servers to anyone interested enough in getting their websites online. Fortunately, that is not the case anymore as many designers can now find very affordable, often cheap web hosting services to plug in.

However, caveat emptor applies to this segment as with other businesses in the web. The popularity of budget web hosting has attracted less scrupulous players out to make a quick buck. With the proliferation of these cheap hosting services now clogging a very dense market, the challenge now is how to find a web hosting plan that will give you the perks without the minuses at a reasonably tumbled down price.

First of all, budget web hosting does not mean a compromise in quality. If you’re on the lookout for an affordable hosting plan, the first thing to remember is that unlimited is usually just that, a very attractive yet highly dubious come-on tag. Unlimited especially on a bandwidth may sound like the bees knees deal, but if you plan for a lot of traffic, unlimited plans may cause you problems later on.

Check out what a host offers compared with other hosts that are about the same price. Nevertheless, if they offer more than the average cheap plan, then better start running because that’s probably a scam. Some web hosts rent servers and sell cheap web hosting plans. But if you pay 1 or 2 dollars a month then don’t expect a very high level of support from your web host.

Rating scores and comments from users may also come in handy if you’re looking to sign up with a host you’re interested in. And since you’re looking for that extra peace of mind, a hosting assured status should mean that your host will abide by a code of ethics; that you can ask and expect help if a problem ever comes up.

However, do expect the minuses to happen, and they do happen a lot. First of all, expect a potentially lower reliability in your connection. A hosting budget plan usually means you will probably be on the same server with as many as 500 other websites.

Also, expect a quality service from your web hosting service provider. A 1-dollar or 2 dollars a month, a budget hosting plan doesn’t mean that the hosting company will give you a very high level of support if you need one. They’ll probably give you support but if you have a very important website and support is important, then you should probably look at a more expensive plan than what you’re currently paying.

Don’t Get Fooled by the Web Hosting Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Are you looking for web hosting? If you want to set up a personal website, or a modest commercial one, you are probably in the market for an inexpensive shared hosting plan. Those entry-level plans may cost $5-10 per month, and often boast very generous features for that modest prize. However, the strong competition often causes the companies to oversell, and then have difficulties living up to their promises. And how do you go about telling the good ones from the bad?

Maybe you go to one of the many web hosting review sites. Those places may offer extensive listings of various web hosting companies and their features; which is certainly helpful. But be aware of the fact that these review sites are out there to make money by referring new customers to the hosting companies! Therefore, they tend to praise those companies that pay them the best.

I used to be naive about these things, trusting the review sites. That was until I began some serious research on the subject myself. Were they really so good, those much-praised web hosting companies? Soon, I was able to uncover large amounts of customer testimonials that told a different story.

It became clear that several very large and well-known web hosting companies had surprising amounts of negative customer ratings against them. There were many angry customers that related stories about incompetent or non-existent customer support, billing disputes where the company kept charging ex-customers after they had cancelled their accounts; and more.

One may say that any company with many customers is likely to have a few that are hard to please. But in these cases, there were scores of reviews, and the majority was negative! Since there are also cases where hosting companies have tried to prosecute those who have criticized them in public, I will not mention any names here.

In conclusion: I advice anyone looking for a reliable and honest web hosting provider to be very careful and not put too much trust in the web hosting ratings commonly found at hosting review sites and similar places. Also be aware that the customer feedback published by the web hosts themselves on their sites is of course filtered – and may even be faked.

Reduce Your Annual Rates for Web Hosting

A web presence is a must for anyone engaged in any kind of business or profession where a flow of clientele is necessary for growth. Costs have to be controlled and maximum returns ensured in all business operations; and when one considers web hosting, it is also an investment that needs to be optimized. Keeping a few points in mind will ensure you spend less and get maximum returns from your website.

  • Have a domain registered in your company name. Costs are pretty uniform but some web hosts could retain control of your domain name while registering and also charge you more. It is wise to check domain name registration costs and if a five year package at a reduced price is available, go for it.
  • As far as hosting is concerned, one has multiple options. There are Linux-based servers as also Windows-based ones. Linux offers lower costs. Sometimes there are software packages that are included, which may not be needed. Negotiate for only the packages you need. For blogs and similar applications, try to obtain and use software that is free. Hosting can be shared, VPS web hosting or dedicated server hosting depending on the website you are running. Consider the pros and cons of each type of hosting service and take only that which is optimal for the present state of your website and business and traffic. As it grows, there should be options of extra space and bandwidth offered by the host.
  • There is little sense in going in for dedicated server hosting when your business does not need it currently. A web hosting service that is flexible and adaptable to your growing needs is the one to select. One can start with shared hosting, go in for VPS web hosting and then a dedicated server hosting as business and traffic to website increase. When business does increase to justify a dedicated server hosting you can consider having your own server.
  • Before selecting the hosting service provider carry out a search, read reviews and dissect the package and terms carefully to get the best offer in terms of space and bandwidth. Consider their servers, the type of connection to the backbone, the uptime and similar vital factors too.
  • Plan and design your website to be optimal and to load fast. Compress images, for certain sections, where deemed appropriate, you may consider restricting access through registration and so control the bandwidth usage and reduce your annualized costs.
  • Consider some ads on your page (Google AdSense for example), which will generate revenue for you.
  • Negotiate for free advertising of your website and products on trade sites and thus generate traffic and revenue and recoup your costs.
  • Most web hosting permit only one domain per host but if you select a multiple domain hosting service and if you have several domains, all these can be hosted on a single hosting service significantly reducing costs.

As business grows and needs grow, so do costs; hence, it is necessary to start out with a well-planned and managed budget, with a crystal clear idea of what you want from your website and where you are headed.