Nowadays there are many companies promising cheap web hosting, but how can you be really sure that these low prices for hosting are a bargain or not. You should consider the following tips to make sure you are getting quality service while purchasing cheap web hosting.
Do not go for free hosting:
Free hosting has very few benefits, hence you give up a lot of these benefits if you do go with free hosting. Of these free hosting services provide you with hosting on another company’s website. This results in you not getting actual domain hosting. This means that your web pages are exhibited on someone else’s domain, making it impossible for you to promote your website to the full. If that specific company shuts down it will mean the end of business for you as your site will no longer be available too.
Free hosting also means you could have an unlimited number of advertisements on your site. Most often the advertisement/s will be from the hosting company that is providing you with the free space. Having advertisements on your site generally turns your customers off and you will not make a sale.
There are some cheap web hosting companies out there that provide the same service as that of the free hosting company. The only difference between the cheap web hosting company and the free hosting company is that the former will bill you for it but offers an absolutely hopeless service.
Be sure to make a comparison of the virtual hosting packages:
When going in to buy cheap web hosting, always be certain that you compare the key characteristics such as disc space, bandwidth and the price. Sometimes you may not need that much space and bandwidth at the beginning but as your website grows you will need to expand. However, most web hosting companies these days leave you the option of expanding when necessary. Sometimes purchasing a package that has more space may sometimes be a difference of only a dollar or two from the introductory package.
Some other features you may have to look at when comparing cheap hosting is the technical support they offer, customer care, whether they have auto responders and multiple email accounts. Whether cPanel is available or maybe even a corresponding program. Also if PHP, databases and MySQL are available.
Web design should be the priority:
Before you start out you should consider the following – do you require a customer database? Do you require a shopping cart and also most importantly what is the programming language you will be using. These should be given top priority and carefully thought about before buying your cheap web hosting.
If you are going to make a business out of your website then keep in mind that it is going to be long term and that you will be using your web hosting company’s service for a long time too, hence take as much time as you need in order to find the ideal web hosting company that you will be happy with that will meet all your hosting needs and also provide you with cheap web hosting.