It seems that everybody & their grandmother has web hosting nowadays, after all, it is absolutely vital if you want to promote your business online. But be careful; if ever your old Latin phrase “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware!) applied, it’s your Internet & inexpensive hosting. There are various hosting plans that anyone – even those with limited budget – can make use of.
First of all, your cheapest price you see is not always your cheapest price you get. Make sure it is not just an introductory price. Ethical registrars & resellers will usually signal an introductory price with a bright banner shouting something like “Just £1.99 a month,regular price £6.99.” After that your font size gets smaller declaring “renews at regular price.” You can bet that price reduction won’t last much beyond your time it takes to set up your site. Dishonest registrars and resellers won’t warn you at all. After they reel you in and your site is up & running is when you discover the real monthly price.
Watch out for offers of a free or unusually inexpensive domain with your hosting. You have been around long enough to know nothing is free. Your registrar or reseller pays the better part of ten dollars & more for any domain worth having & they won’t last long in business if they don’t pass your price on to you somewhere. This passing along will usually come about in 2 different ways: one, your price of hosting is higher than with a comparable site somewhere else; and two, the domain price soars ten to fifteen times as much the following year. They count on you being too busy to transfer. Rest assured that these days, you can get excellent inexpensive web hosting services without compromising web site performance. These would vary depending on the hosting package you’ve chosen to avail of. How user-friendly & intuitive is your control panel? Does your package include the e-commerce option (SSL, Shopping cart features)? This is important if your small-business entails actually making sales as opposed to merely generating leads. Do they support
- email forwarders
- Are there PHP and MySQL capabilities?
Lastly, there are more security features for paid subscribers. When you put your data on a free account, there is high risk of it getting lost. Most inexpensive hosting companies do not make a back-up of free accounts. However, they mostly believe in saving data that is stored on a paid account, so that the customer can retrieve it, if needed. There are 2 dominant forces in the server-side programming language field. ASP & PHP, I suggest when faced with this choice you always go with PHP hosting for a number of reasons