Choosing a Web Host Based On Price? Don't!

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Choosing a Web Host Based On Price? Don't!

By: David Leonhardt

It's tempting. There are so many companies offering cut-rate hosting - loaded with astounding post-futuristic techno-gizmo features ! - that it just makes sense to save a few dollars, right?

Think again. First, consider how much you would be saving. If you run a business site, saving $5, $10 or even $15 a month is not a big saving. No going concern will become a stopping concern on account of even $15 a month. But the wrong web host can stop a business cold.

Here are three reasons to look beyond price when choosing your web host.

1. Usability. Confession time: I chose my first website host based on price. The control panel was not easy to use, and I often found myself traveling in circles trying to enter it. I switched to my second web host based not just on price, but on usability, and I instantly became a pro. Well, not quite. But I was able to manage my email accounts and learn about CGI, and check my traffic stats and edit my html files right on the server. Not bad for a newbie who couldn't even find his files on his previous host's server.

2. Service. I thought my second host had great service. They even answered my emails. Until the dreaded day that some guy with a chip on his shoulder filed a phony spam complaint. I was out in the cold. In fact, they would not answer my emails or even speak to me at all. Meanwhile, my ISP responded to the same phony complaint immediately, sharing with me a copy and giving me a chance to deal with it. That ISP is now my third web host. I pay a little more, but the personal service is worth it. I have no hesitation recommending http://www.phastnet.com to anybody who wants the assurance that they won't be hung out to dry at the first whiff of somebody in a bad mood.

3. Reliability. When that phony spam complaint struck, my website was down for four days. Ouch! But there are many other things that can bring down a site. What is your web host's uptime? And how reliable is its reporting? Other things can happen, like a form not functioning - meaning lost sales. Worse still, what if Google comes crawling just when your site is down? Search engines don't like sending people to unreliable sites. Companies like http://www.dotcom-monitor.com monitor websites for a variety of measures, and the cost is nothing compared to the cost of lost sales.

Sure, save a few bucks on hosting, and pay a whole lot more in lost sales and increased stress. Your web host is your Internet landlord. Take as much time choosing your web host as you would the place you live in. Price alone just is not enough.

About The Author

David Leonhardt is an online and offline publicity specialist. To get your website optimized for the search engines, email him at info@thehappyguy.com. For a copy of Don't Get Banned By The Search Engines: http://thehappyguy.com/SEO.html. For a copy of Get In The News: http://thehappyguy.com/publicity-self-promotion-report.html.

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Aaron 06.08.2010. 17:29

Which is the bestweb hosting and hosted solutions company based in Singapore that has provided their services? Which is the bestweb hosting and hosted solutions company based in Singapore that has provided their services in Asia region with reliable and enterprise-class environments? Please help .

Aaron

Admin 06.08.2010. 17:29

I like:

http://www.oryon.net/
www.bluehost.com
www.imsmb.com

Try them all ( they all offer money back guarantees and start at same prices ) and choose the one with the best service.

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recommendedattorney 24.12.2007. 11:58

I just became a reseller with makemoneysellingdomainnames to resell web hosting and domain names? I just became a reseller with makemoneysellingdomainnames to resell web hosting and domain names. I joined because I build a decent amount of websites for my own use. I was wondering why a lot of webmasters and IT people aren't in the reseller business. I drive a taxi and talk with a lot of IT people and almost none of them take advantage of controlling the cost for web hosting. Isn't this strange? Any comments welcome.

recommendedattorney

Admin 24.12.2007. 11:58

I think you're wrong when you write, "I was wondering why a lot of webmasters and IT people aren't in the reseller business."

In fact, an awful lot of people, including webmasters, IT professionals, and others, are in the hosting and domain reselling business. There are certainly at least "tens of thousands," and possibly many hundreds of thousands of "web-hosting" businesses out there, most run by people who also do web development work.

Some professionals do this "surreptitiously," creating an apparently-separate company which they use to register and host client sites. Many do it openly, telling their clients that they own the hosting or registration company.

Those professionals who do NOT resell web-hosting or domain-registration services frequently believe that their sole charge should be based on their time, not on reselling services at potentially inflated prices.

In addition, some professionals choose not to resell anything other than their own services, because they recognize that over time, the level of service at most hosting and registration companies can change.

Over the past 12 years, I've hosted my own and clients' web sites on several dozen different servers (including dedicated servers, colocated servers, and many shared servers), and registered domains with many different registrars. Recently, I consolidated all my registrations to a single registrar, and I also consolidated all hosting to a single provider, but it's likely that I'll move some or all of this within 12 months.

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Leo 04.02.2008. 16:04

Where can I find the best Web Hosting server in the Philippines? I am looking for a web hosting service, however I am located in the Philippines. There are a lot of web hosting services, but I would like to know which offers the best quality in service.

No downtime, high bandwidth, low price, etc. Money is not a problem, but of corse you want to get your money's worth.

Leo

Admin 04.02.2008. 16:04

It doesn't matter that you are in the Phillipines, your web hosting server can be anywhere in the world. If you are expecting a worldwide audience for your content, then it might make sense to have your server somewhere else.

Choose a hosting company that offers reliability, security etc (check out http://www.yoserve.com ). They offer UK based servers - they are a reseller but I know that they sell hosting from an award-winning hosting company with an excellent reputation. Account setup is instant, payment by Google checkout or Paypal, so no problem for a worldwide customer!

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Justin Scott 31.07.2011. 17:21

What type of server should I have to run a community based website? I'm starting a new website that is similar in set-up to a dating site. Instead of dealing with web hosting, I was going to but my own equipment. I'm going to be using drupal to design the site. What server do I need and with what kind of ram and disk space? Thanks!

Justin Scott

Admin 31.07.2011. 17:21

First, good for you, jumping in and wanting to be a developer and host your own site!

For developing and testing you really don?t need a server. I would stick with well known hardware like HP or a dell workstation with 2gig of ram and a modern processor of course. Duel core should be fine. If you have the extra money get a work station that offers RAID.

If you really want to invest in a server HP ML150 servers are good starting servers for a reasonable price. They offer globs of memory upgrades, hot swappable RAID drives and can be purchased with 3 year warranties. A ML150 with RAID, 4 hard drives and 2 gig of RAM might set you back about $2500.

About the OS, I would choose Linux and here?s why.
Apache web server and MySql are free and developers use PHP often for web development. So install the latest version of Ubuntu Server with LAMP.

This will give you a working Web hosting server. Of course you need to configure Apache to serve up your website, so there is time and work involved.

Wouldn?t it just be easier to use a hosting service like GoDaddy? They have all the goodies you need for about $5.00 a month.

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Nice Friend! 02.07.2009. 05:37

Which is the best web hosting company in India? Friends I am planning to open a website. I found lots of hosting companies on net. But, I need one best company which can offer me enough space at good price( Not cheap just formidable one), With enough facilities to run a entartainment site, also it should have 24*7 customer support. I am native of India please help me with this problem. If you have web address of the site pls give me.

Nice Friend!

Admin 02.07.2009. 05:37

Hi Nice Friend!,

To be honest, web hosting companies located in India usually come with these 3 issues:

- Expensive at the price (compared to US based companies)
- Poor customer support
- Low uptime

Let me ask you, who's your target audience? If your site is targeting local visitors, then you have no choice but to host your site with a web hosting company in India because hosting your site out of India may somewhat decrease your website response to your Indian visitors.

However, if you're targeting the globe, then a US based web hosting company would be your best option.

Why I can tell you that because I got several friends in India, while only 2 are using local web hosts because they're targeting the local visitors, the rest are using US based web hosts which usually provide better quality service.

Also, since you say you need to run an entertainment site, I suppose you'll be uploading lots of videos and audios.

If that's the case, dedicated hosting is required should you host with a web hosting company in India because only their dedicated hosting plan can support that. But take note, it costs more than US$150 (Rs 7000) per month for that.

Whereas if you pick up a robust US based company, its shared hosting (costs only from $5 to $8 per month - less than Rs 400) is enough to cater to the kind of website you intend to build.

So, hosting with a US based company can offer you enough space yet give you a very good price, but again, depending on who your audience is.

Note: All dedicated hosting plans do not come with money back guarantee, regardless of regions. Only shared hosting does.

If you're targeting local audience, according to my friend, you can try ZNetIndia.com. It resides in India. They provide 24/7 phone support but as for live chat, it's only from Mon to Sat 9:30 am to 8pm. (Tip: Check with their support team regarding your requirements before you order.)

But if you're building a site for the world, then go for a US based company. Here's a complete review of a formidable US based web host that you can bet your life on (it comes with 24/7 phone, live chat and email support - very customer-oriented!):

=> http://tinyurl.com/best-reliable-host

Think carefully about what you want. You may need to re-assess your requirements. And here's a good info that shows you how to choose your perfect web host:

=> http://tinyurl.com/choose-perfect-host

Hope that helps. Cheers ;)

Soon Chai

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Rudy Baylor 17.08.2012. 10:04

Is there a website builder which allows you to choose a host? I think a majority of 'free' website builders I found have a catch. They host stuff built by their web-based software on their own site. This creates a good income source but then it doesnt give you the flexibility say some day they decide to increase prices or something. Anyone know a website builder where you can shift to any host you wish? Does Wordpress do that?

Rudy Baylor

Admin 17.08.2012. 10:04

You can use an editor instead like notepad++, dreamweaver and the like. You must code manually your web site and upload your files to any web host that you want. You can test your website funcionality at Hostgator. they provide full php and database support and as well as they have discounts that you can use.

You can use the following coupon codes:
1. 'EMAILHOSTING'- for $0.01 for the first month
2. 'SERVERHOSTING'- for 25% off at any plans

You can also try the following web hosts:
1. Myhosting
2. Justhost
3. Fatcow
4. Inmotion Hosting

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Sonia Turn 19.10.2010. 21:48

whats the best company to buy server space from in the UK? I normally buy a web hosting package for each site I do. Now I am looking to buy some server space but there are so many to choose from. I need reliability, preferably UK based, and a company that is credible and established. Price is fairly important too. Thanks

Sonia Turn

Admin 19.10.2010. 21:48

Check also My Webbie Hosting. you have the option of choosing UK as the server location of your hosting plan (they have servers also in US, Sweden, and Australia). Their Starter plan costs only $3.95/month or 2.96/month, with free domain name already.

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Dark Diamond 09.12.2008. 03:00

How good is Godaddy hosting service ? I'm thinking on changing my hosting provider because the one I have really sucks; the web pages I have there often fail (data base service) and I'd like to be on a reliable one.
Is Godaddy a good hosting ? What about the speed they have ? Does anyone have a bad experience with them ? Is there any other hosting service you could recommend me ?
I'd really appreciate your answers and help.

Dark Diamond

Admin 09.12.2008. 03:00

Godaddy is good for domains but terrible for hosting, just google for some reviews.

I recommend and personally use:
http://www.hostmonsterplus.com
They have unlimited space and transfer.
They give you a free domain for life.
They have php and mysql if you ever use those.
You can also add as many domains (.com, .net, ...) as you like so you can have many different sites for 1 hosting price.
They also give you free $50 Google Credits for advertising your site.

If you go with them and have any trouble making your site feel free to PM me, I have a lot of experience there.

Whatever you choose, the best luck to you.

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travelbud383 16.08.2007. 20:23

I want to promote and sell my art on the web, what is the best website to do this? Besides ebay.....I'm looking for a website host, perhaps erven a free one, that will allow me to display and sell my art work. Any ideas?

Thanks!

travelbud383

Admin 16.08.2007. 20:23

Set up your own site with all your articles on the web.

How to Set Up an Online Store

There?s so much to consider when setting up an online store that it can seem downright overwhelming to a would-be ecommerce entrepreneur. From the little details to the bigger ones, you as the owner are responsible for all of it ? and practically every last decision point could be treated in an article of its own. Think of this, then, as an overview of the process.

Before you even take the first step of going into business online, you need to ask some of the same questions you?d ask when going into any business. Do you have something to market? That is, can you give your customers something they want, for which they?ll pay you enough money for you to turn a profit? It doesn?t have to be a specific product; it can be a service, or it can even be a combination of the two. One entrepreneur I know writes and maintains custom software for small businesses, blurring the line between a product and a service.

Once you?ve decided what kind of online business you?re getting into, you need to choose a domain name. This is fairly important, since it will be your company?s online identity. Think of Amazon, for example. The point is, all of your customers will remember your URL, so you want to choose one that will stick in their heads, and give a favorable impression. If you?d like to read more about choosing a domain name, there are a number of articles on the subject, including one here on Web Hosters.

So, you know what you?re going to offer for sale, and you?ve chosen your domain name. What?s the next step? You want to register your domain name, and you want to put together a website that will encourage your customers to trust you and buy. Never mind articles; there are literally books that cover the topic of good website design

Building the Site

Here you have several options. If you?re a programmer or website designer (or would like to become one) you could build the site yourself from the code up. Or you could use DreamWeaver or some other HTML editing program to help you build it. You could hire someone else to do it for you. Or you could find and purchase some readymade website templates.

There?s a lot to take into consideration when building a website, whether you?re doing it from scratch or basing it off of templates. Obviously it should be professional-looking. The actual appearance will depend on what exactly you?re selling. Some of the factors you should take into account when setting up your website include:

?How many products do you wish to display? Too few can leave you with a bare-looking website, while too many can look busy and overwhelming to visitors.
?What type of products are you selling? That?s going to affect how many you display, as well as how you display them. You wouldn?t want to display basic furniture in the same way you display highly detailed jewelry, for example.
?Do you have digital pictures of the products? If not, can you obtain them? And are they of a quality that shows off the products to their best advantage? (You should also consider how quickly these pictures will load; you might have to settle for some kind of compromise between highly detailed pictures and faster loading).
?Include item descriptions, prices of items, and discounts (if applicable). Your customers will definitely want to know this information! In order to keep this data up to date on your site with a minimum of hassles, you might need a database or content management system from which the site can pull information.
?You might already have this set up if you?re taking a bricks-and-mortar business online, but you need to keep in mind all of the information that your database requires so that you can keep track of your products and sales. This might include the item number, product ID, a description of the product, and its price. You might also need to know its weight, at the very least so you can calculate shipping costs.
Obviously, if your online business is service-oriented rather than product-oriented, some of these points won?t apply to you. But you still need to build a website that is easy to navigate and not confusing to your customers. You need to tell your customers clearly what to expect from your business.

That?s the first step in building trust; it?s important in any business and even more important for an online business where customers often don?t interact with a real person (even in email) before deciding whether or not to place an order.

Choosing Your Web Host

This is a site dedicated to web hosting, after all, so you knew we?d get to this topic sooner or later. Again, there are plenty of articles on this topic (and you can find a few of them on this site). Right now I?m going to cover, very briefly, some of the things you need to look for in a web host, if you want to give your online business startup the best chance of success.
If you?re going to handle any kind of financial transactions through your website, you need to make sure your web host offers secure servers. This means that they offer SSL encryption. You should find out whether your prospective web host offers SSL encryption as part of its regular package or charges extra for this service.

When your website is your storefront, if your website is down, your store is closed ? or worse, effectively nonexistent. So you need a web host that offers at least a 99 percent uptime guarantee (and will provide some kind of compensation if it doesn?t live up to its guarantee, so it has some incentive to keep its word). While asking about a web host?s uptime guarantee, you might also inquire as to its back up systems in case of emergencies.

You will also need a private CGI-BIN directory if you are conducting ecommerce through your website. It is into this directory that you upload binary scripts and/or interactive programs. These kinds of programs are involved with payment processing and shopping cart management.
Even small offline businesses try to keep track of customer information and sales records; indeed, if the business is big enough to pay taxes, this is essential. Online businesses have a somewhat easier time of it, since web logs and statistics give them the raw data they need (which of course still needs to be processed and analyzed). Make sure your web host will give you access to your web logs.

How comprehensive is the hosting company?s customer support? You want a company that will offer 24/7 support. May companies say they provide that level of support, but what about the quality of support? This is something you may have to research online at the various web hosting forums. Web hosting customers will be quite forthright in the condemnation of a bad host.

Of Payments and Shopping Carts

Obviously, this is one part of the business you have a strong incentive to get right. There are a number of options here. You can buy an online shopping cart program. You can use the services of an application service provider (ASP) to manage a shopping cart system for you. Or you can program a shopping cart yourself. Some web hosts offer a shopping cart program you can use on your website; you might want to look into that as well.

Googling ?shopping cart services? (without the quotes) turns up hundreds of millions of web pages. You might find it is worth shopping around to compare prices, features, and customer service. If you have friends who engage in ecommerce, you might also check with them as to their shopping cart services.

Buying a shopping cart program can be an expensive option; you can expect to spend at least $200 if you choose that route, and some shopping carts cost $800 or more. Some shopping cart software might seem affordable at first, but then the company charges you extra if you want certain plug-ins (such as one that lets you display the shipping rates from all the shippers you use at the same time). You might want to put this off until you are more established and have a good idea of what shopping cart features are most important to you and your customers.


Your best option might be following through with a decision you may have made earlier, when you built your website: using ecommerce website templates. Many of those have shopping cart systems pre-installed. They make setting up an online store quick and easy.

Shopping carts bring up the issue of how you will accept payments. If you are doing business on the Internet, you?ll want a way to accept instant payment from your customers. PayPal might work for a while when you?re starting out, but you?ll need a more direct way to accept credit cards. That means you?ll need a merchant account from a bank or financial institution that accepts Internet transactions
I haven?t covered everything involved in setting up an online business, but I hope I?ve given you some idea of what?s involved. Take it step by step, and you?ll be on your way to success!

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Brohim Traveling Pants 29.04.2012. 03:37

What are the advantages to cloud computing for the average internet user? Would you be able to load things faster?

Brohim Traveling Pants

Admin 29.04.2012. 03:37

Lower computer costs. You don't need a high-powered and high-priced computer to run cloud computing's web-based applications. Since applications run in the cloud, not on the desktop PC, your desktop PC doesn't need the processing power or hard disk space demanded by traditional desktop software. When you're using web-based applications, your PC can be less expensive, with a smaller hard disk, less memory, more efficient processor, and the like. In fact, your PC in this scenario doesn't even need a CD or DVD drive, as no software programs have to be loaded and no document files need to be saved.
Improved performance. With fewer bloated programs hogging your computer's memory, you'll see better performance from your PC. Put simply, computers in a cloud computing system boot and run faster because they have fewer programs and processes loaded into memory.
Reduced software costs. Instead of purchasing expensive software applications, you can get most of what you need for free. That's right?most cloud computing applications today, such as the Google Docs suite, are totally free. That's a lot better than paying $200+ for similar Microsoft Office software?which alone may be justification for switching to cloud applications.
Instant software updates. Another software-related advantage to cloud computing is that you're no longer faced with choosing between obsolete software and high upgrade costs. When the app is web-based, updates happen automatically and are available the next time you log into the cloud. When you access a web-based application, you get the latest version?without needing to pay for or download an upgrade.
Improved document format compatibility. You don't have to worry about the documents you create on your machine being compatible with other users' applications or operating systems. In a world where Word 2007 documents can't be opened on a computer running Word 2003, all documents created by web-based applications can be read by any other user accessing that application. There are no format incompatibilities when everyone is sharing docs and apps in the cloud.
Unlimited storage capacity. Cloud computing offers virtually limitless storage. Your computer's current 200 gigabyte hard drive is peanuts compared to the hundreds of petabytes (a million gigabytes) available in the cloud. Whatever you need to store, you can.
Increased data reliability. Unlike desktop computing, in which a hard disk crash can destroy all your valuable data, a computer crashing in the cloud shouldn't affect the storage of your data. That also means that if your personal computer crashes, all your data is still out there in the cloud, still accessible. In a world where few individual desktop PC users back up their data on a regular basis, cloud computing is the ultimate in data-safe computing.
Universal document access. Ever get home from work and realize that you left an important document at the office? Or forget to take a file with you on the road? That's not a problem with cloud computing, because you don't take your documents with you. Instead, they stay in the cloud, and you can access them whenever you have a computer and an Internet connection. All your documents are instantly available from wherever you are; there's simply no need to take your documents with you.
Latest version availability. Another document-related advantage of cloud computing: When you edit a document at home, that edited version is what you see when you access the document at work. The cloud always hosts the latest version of your documents; as long as you're connected, you're never in danger of having an outdated version.
Easier group collaboration. Sharing documents leads directly to collaborating on documents. To many users, this is one of the most important advantages of cloud computing?multiple users can collaborate easily on documents and projects. Because the documents are hosted in the cloud, not on individual computers, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection, and you're collaborating.
Device independence. Finally, here's the ultimate cloud computing advantage: You're no longer tethered to a single computer or network. Change computers, and your existing applications and documents follow you through the cloud. Move to a portable device, and your apps and docs are still available. There's no need to buy a special version of a program for a particular device, or to save your document in a device-specific format. Your docs and their apps are the same no matter what computer or other device you're using.

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