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Web Hosting 101: Reasons Why Cheaper Isn't Always Better

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What do a business owner and a web developer have in common? Both of them need to understand web hosting and why cheaper is not better. Why? Because nowadays, businesses need a website to thrive in a technology-driven world so even business owners need to have even the most basic understanding of website development.

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Understanding your options as a business owner allows you to make an informed decision regarding your website. Expert web devs may understand that cheap isn’t always good news when it comes to web hosting, but some newbies might think that they’re doing their clients a favour. The reality is that some web hosting plans are cheap for good reasons.

What Makes Up the Costs of Building a Website

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Aside from web hosting, there are other things that you need to consider when estimating the total cost of your new website. Here are some examples:

Domain name

You need to register your domain name to a service provider. The price depends on the service provider of your choice.

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Plugins or Themes

Some plugins or themes are free, but if you want to have full control over all the aspects of your site, you need to consider paying for premium plugins and themes.

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Web hosting

You need web hosting to get your website online. Depending on your plan, this can be a monthly or an annual commitment.

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Reason to Avoid Cheap Web Hosting

Keep in mind that there are different types of web hosting and different types of plans. You need to really check the inclusion to make sure that you’re not ending up with a problem-waiting-to-happen.

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For instance, shared hosting is the cheapest kind of web hosting out there. It is great for personal blogs and simple websites that isn’t media or feature-heavy. Shared hosting isn’t inherently bad, however, it is not a scalable option for businesses. And it’s not a suitable option for e-commerce website at all.

Here is why:


Shared hosting performs poorly in terms of speed and security.

As the name suggests, shared hosting means that you will be sharing a server with other clients. Depending on the number of other clients in the same server, maintaining high speeds can be difficult for this kind of web hosting. And again, since you are sharing the server if one client experiences a security breach— everyone in the same server will experience the issue too. Shared hosting may be cheap, but are your site performance and security something you are willing to risk?

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Shared hosting offers minimal customer support.

You get what you pay for here. Since shared hosting is the cheapest option out there, you can’t expect that you’d be treated like royalty. The service provider may still offer some support, but it would be safer to assume that you need to handle most of the stuff on your own.

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Shared hosting might require you to sign up for a longer contract duration.

Most hosting services offer a per month rate or option for their pricing. The same thing applies to shared hosting. However, you need to check the fine prints in your contract as most cheap offers require you to stay with the service provider for a long time.

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Other Types of Web Hosting to Consider

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So, if shared hosting is not a suitable option for your website, what else is there? Keep in mind that there are different web hosts and plans out there. Some service providers even offer custom plans— so there will always be that one plan that checks all your boxes. You just need to do your research.

VPS Hosting

This is a highly scalable option for businesses out there. However, you will need some technical background for this type of hosting to work for you.

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Dedicated Hosting

This is somewhat like the opposite of shared hosting. You will have a server that is exclusively yours for this web hosting plan. However, this might be pricier than the other types.

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Managed Hosting

This type of hosting includes management services for your server. This means that your web host will take care of your maintenance. This is the best type of web hosting for people who are not tech-savvy.

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Conclusion

Keep in mind that it pays to do your research. Save yourself from future problems. Keep in mind that cheap is not always good. Consider all the important factors of web development pricing in order to choose the best services for your website goals. There is a right plan that will accommodate all your needs, you just need to do your thorough research.

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