How You Can Easily Choose a Budget-Friendly Web Host
May 30th, 2012 by admin | Type: Standard

Let’s face it – not everyone has a huge funding to push

their web service to launch. Most of us are just paying for this from our own pockets. This is why it is important to find that perfect partner in web hosting – a package that you can easily afford and at the same time, fulfills your hosting needs.

In this article, we will help you achieve this balance with tips on how to prioritize your hosting needs, give you a rough estimate on how much hosting costs and how you can stretch your budget for as far as you can today.

Peg Your Budget – Don’t Plan To Adjust It!

Start with identifying how much you can afford on a monthly basis. $10 may not sound much but think of paying that, on top of everything else that you are paying for, then it MAY be a burden for some. You may be paying for other applications, other services or you may not be liquid enough to be able to guarantee this amount each year.

Hosting packages are nearly 99% paid via credit card and if you cannot pay the amount on time, the interest will just roll over, creating an even bigger issue for you. Be realistic in what you can afford each month and stick to that.

The good news is, there are a lot of hosting options for you under $5.

Prioritize the Features You Need

When you have a budget that is as low as $5 a month or even less, you need to start thinking of the features that you cannot survive without. This type of mentality will force you to look at each package as a necessity, not just a nice-to-have. Some features that you think you may need are:

  • Web space – how much web space do you need? Do you need it to be unlimited or are you ok with 100 GB?
  • Bandwidth allocation –

    how much traffic will your site realistically receive?

  • A shopping cart may be a good thing to have and may give you savings in the future since having one built from scratch is time consuming and expensive.
  • Do you really need root access? If not, settle for shared hosting services.

Think of it this way – it is easier to upgrade your package than to downgrade it. So stick to the bare necessities for now and leave the fancy scripts support or “free” ad credits for later.

Calculate Total Initial Cash Out

After settling with a package that you are happy with on a monthly basis, calculate the initial cash out that will be required from you. Some of these “Pay only $4 a month” schemes have a condition that you need to prepay the plan for 24 months. This will actually give you much larger cash out than expected.

Plus, if you are just starting out, you don’t want to commit to more than 12 months at first – you are not sure if your site will need this type of hosting in 12 months or if you will be moving on to a different project.

Get As Much Freebies as Possible

Count the freebies – these are really helpful in making the value of your hosting package increase. This is relevant if the freebies are a part of your must-haves. Freebies like ad credits, online tools, domain names etc. are good to snatch up.

Another type of freebie that you should keep an eye on is the money back guarantees. Some of these may last for 30 days, 60 days or in rare occasions, 90 days. Just be sure to read the fine print first before making a decision so that you know how you can get your money back in case you are not satisfied.

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