Budget web hosting has become the rage anywhere. Even an ordinary Joe uses a web hosting service to connect his website to the outside world to do business or socialize.
There was a time when web hosts used to charge a pretty penny for their servers to anyone interested enough in getting their websites online. Fortunately, that is not the case anymore as many designers can now find very affordable, often cheap web hosting services to plug in.
However, caveat emptor applies to this segment as with other businesses in the web. The popularity of budget web hosting has attracted less scrupulous players out to make a quick buck. With the proliferation of these cheap hosting services now clogging a very dense market, the challenge now is how to find a web hosting plan that will give you the perks without the minuses at a reasonably tumbled down price.
First of all, budget web hosting does not mean a compromise in quality. If you’re on the lookout for an affordable hosting plan, the first thing to remember is that unlimited is usually just that, a very attractive yet highly dubious come-on tag. Unlimited especially on a bandwidth may sound like the bees knees deal, but if you plan for a lot of traffic, unlimited plans may cause you problems later on.
Check out what a host offers compared with other hosts that are about the same price. Nevertheless, if they offer more than the average cheap plan, then better start running because that’s probably a scam. Some web hosts rent servers and sell cheap web hosting plans. But if you pay 1 or 2 dollars a month then don’t expect a very high level of support from your web host.
Rating scores and comments from users may also come in handy if you’re looking to sign up with a host you’re interested in. And since you’re looking for that extra peace of mind, a hosting assured status should mean that your host will abide by a code of ethics; that you can ask and expect help if a problem ever comes up.
However, do expect the minuses to happen, and they do happen a lot. First of all, expect a potentially lower reliability in your connection. A hosting budget plan usually means you will probably be on the same server with as many as 500 other websites.
Also, expect a quality service from your web hosting service provider. A 1-dollar or 2 dollars a month, a budget hosting plan doesn’t mean that the hosting company will give you a very high level of support if you need one. They’ll probably give you support but if you have a very important website and support is important, then you should probably look at a more expensive plan than what you’re currently paying.