Choosing a bad web host results in either lack of knowledge or time. If you’re in a hurry to start up your website, you may end up as one of the thousands of victims of a bad web hosting company for your hasty choice. Clicking on the first web host service you heard a jingle for on the radio or found in a search for cheap web hosting may seem like a good idea at the time, especially if a quick glance at the website promises you a good bargain for your monthly payment amounts. But there can be a cost for that impulsive purchase, which is why it’s always a good idea to shop around before committing to a server. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you push that purchase button.
You’ll Pay Too Much
Just because the price on their website looks right doesn’t mean that it actually is. If you’re new to the world of web hosting you may not be aware yet of what a good price is for the kind of service that you’re looking for. $10 a month may not seem like a lot, but there are plenty of hosts that will offer you unlimited space for as low as $5-7 a month. That’s nearly half your original price. And you should also consider that a lot of these lower prices may require that you sign up for their services for longer than you’d like to, only offering you that low $4.95 a month bundle if you promise to subscribe for 36 months.
Finding the cheapest service on the internet doesn’t mean you’ve found the best. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Cheaper hosts are usually cheap for a good reason. Their hardware could be outdated and desperately need upgrading, they could only be paying for customer service that lasts between specific hours to cut corners, or the features they offer could be extremely limited. You definitely don’t want to get stuck with a host that’s down when traffic spikes or who can’t be reached when you need help.
Search Engine Problems
Lower quality hosts, or ones with a bad reputation for hosting scam sites and the like, are generally ranked poorly by Google. What happens is that Google detects that sites from a couple of particular servers tend to be offering content that isn’t actually relevant to the search terms that users are putting in, so it cuts off the servers from appearing in their search results or at least pushes the pages pretty far down. What this means is that if you happen to end up on one of these cheaper, lower quality servers, your site could be punished simply because of where it’s hosted. It’ll be much more difficult for visitors to find your site if you’re on a web host that Google is already wary of, which in and of itself is a great reason to make sure you do your research before you sign up.
When it comes to lower cost hosting, the lowest price may seem attractive, but its good idea to understand what you are paying for in terms of hosting. Depending on the provider they may or may not provide such services as website backups, malware protection, application level support or more essential services. A good place to start is by search the website and web hosting shopping cart for these services, to understand if you need them what they will cost.
Surprising Renewal Fees
Web Hosting Providers are wonderful marketers and pay a lot of money to get you the sign-up form. They will tempt you with free domains, first year rates that seem unbelievable, and offers to try various other services and add-ons. It’s important to review the renewal rates and know at the end of the term what your real monthly bill will be. In some cases, you may cash in on initial savings for the first year or be stuck with an extra large bill that will result in either you pay more or moving to new web hosting provider.