Web Hosting On The Cheap
Description: There are plenty of web hosting services available and they are all priced very differently, so how do you decide which one to go for? Is it worth opting for a cheap service?
Some web hosting companies will throw in a free domain name with certain hosting packages, which does seem like a good reason to go for that particular offer. But since domain names are generally available for very low prices anyway, you should look at what kind of service you will be getting afterwards before you make a decision.
The best place to start is with your own needs. Only then can you work out whether a specific deal you are being offered is a good one. There is no point in selecting a cut price deal if it doesn't offer you everything you will need.
The main question you need to ask yourself when considering any kind of web hosting deal is how reliable the company offering it is. The cheapest deals really can be too good to be true - especially when they offer you things which simply don't exist, such as unlimited bandwidth.
The vast majority of web hosting deals will tell you what you will get for your money. As a rule the cheaper packages will grant you less web traffic (in other words, less bandwidth) and will only give you room to host a certain size of site.
For the majority of people who have either personal web spaces or small business sites, a cheap hosting package will probably suffice. If your site is bigger or is liable to have a lot of content that people can download then you will probably find that cheap web hosting simply won't give you what you need.
You should also look at how many websites you are allowed to host with each plan. If you only have a single site and you aren't intending to build any more, then go for a basic plan. If you know you will be building more in the future then a cheap hosting package might be tempting now, but you will more than likely have to upgrade at some point, so make sure you aren't locked into a contract of any kind when you sign up.
In short, web hosting on the cheap can be done and it is worthwhile if your needs are quite basic. But it does depend on the services you want to have access to. If you need a secure server for processing card payments and you see a lot of traffic every single day then it definitely isn't advisable to try and cut corners by going for the cheapest hosting package you can find.
But there are good deals to be had. If your site doesn't need a dedicated server all to itself then why pay for one? Start with figuring out what you need and then search for the most reliable company to provide it for you.