Buying dirt cheap web hosting based on price alone, is not the best way to choose a low-cost website host. That method, may actually cost you more in the long run.
I watched far too many students and website owners learn that lesson the hard way during my 20 years of web hosting experience.
So…, I wrote my guide to choosing the right web host to give them a far better process to follow. Now, you can make better (informed) choices by following along too.
By the end of my guide you will know how to compare prices AND spot great value deals. Because, I share plenty of tips about other factors you need to think about.
How you host, for example, can be just as important for keeping costs low as finding cheap hosting plans. So, you will find a wealth of information about that here too.
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Len Johnson, BSc (Hons)
Website Hosting Consultant, Hostmiser.com
5 Steps to Choosing the Right Web Host
It is easy to overlook ‘hidden extras’ when buying web hosting from low-cost hosts.
Especially… if you have no clear idea about what you need to host a website and, you don’t read or understand the small print fully.
Follow these must-do steps to avoid ending up with buyer’s remorse.
You will find links to more information in places but, please feel free to contact me for extra help if you need it.
Step 1 – Understand the Different Types of Web Hosting and their Benefits
There are four main types of cheap web hosting package: shared, virtual private server (VPS), cloud and dedicated server.
Understanding the main differences between them and their key benefits is essential if you want to get a good deal AND find the best host for your website.
Shared hosting tends to be the cheapest per month, BUT… that depends on your situation. If you want to host multiple sites AND you are happy to get your hands dirty, then a low-cost VPS could get you the cheapest web hosting per year.
Step 2 – List the Features You Need to Host Your Website
When you visit hosting sites to see what they offer, you will see descriptions of their services and plans (or packages).
This is where many buyer’s make one of their first mistakes. You need to read the descriptions properly and understand the terms that are being used. However, you will be better prepared if you have a shopping list of features that you have prepared in advance.
See web hosting features explained for a glossary of common terms. Use it to make a list of features that you need for your own website.
Step 3 – Compare Packages
Whether you already have a few service providers in mind or not, it will pay to check out my comparison table. It has details of the cheapest plans from leading service providers.
My table allows you to compare web hosting prices and more, quickly and easily. But, what is really cool about it, is that it is sort-able! Which means you can sort by company name (A-Z), price, disk space and so on.
Try my comparison table. It won’t take you long to work out which two popular and really cheap web hosts I recommend and why.
Step 4 – Check Terms of Service for Shortlisted Hosts
By this stage, you should have a short list of providers. You should also have worked out which one provides the best value. It is OK to go with the cheapest host IF they truly meet all of your website needs but, there is one more thing to check: terms and conditions of service.
I am confident that there are no terms and conditions to be wary of for my recommendations. However, if you are looking at other companies, you really need to take this step yourself to avoid ending up with buyer’s remorse.
Step 5 – Make the Most of Trials and Money-back Guarantees
If you have followed all the steps to choosing the right web host outlined above, you have done your due diligence. The last thing you need to do is sign up and try out the service you have decided on.
All is not lost if you decide that a plan is not right for you after signing up though. Most companies offer a money-back guarantee. Which usually allows you to try services for 30 to 45 days to make sure you are happy with it.
Hopefully, you will be happy with your choice. Try contacting support if you are having problems of any kind.
Ultimately, you may have no choice. You may have to move your website elsewhere. That can be a little inconvenient but, it is also risk-free if you take advantage of a money-back guarantee.
If you find yourself in that position, go back to step three and find another plan.
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