Running a small business means you have to make decisions based on your budget. However, the cheapest business hosting may not be the right decision for your website.
Just as you need to make decisions based on the budget, sometimes, a higher quality product is worth spending a little bit more money. In some cases, spending more means the product you are buying will last longer. With websites hosting a few dollars more per month could be the difference between very little to no downtime and hours of downtime every month.
Too much downtime and you may lose sales, which could have turned into lifetime customers. If this happens, you may have sacrificed hundreds or thousands of dollars in potential profits just to save a few dollars each month.
Instead of choosing the cheapest business hosting you can find, you need to strike a balance between your budget and the quality of the hosting company you choose. There are several choices out there for your website hosting. Make sure you choose the company best suited to provide you with minimal downtime, plenty of resources, excellent support and all the features you need.
How to Find the Right Business Hosting for Your New Website
You know you a website if you plan to compete in your industry. Every business needs a website regardless of how big or small. Whether you serve just the local area nearby or you serve a worldwide market, a website makes a huge difference in your bottom-line.
Any website has to start with the best possible hosting for the amount of money you can afford to spend. You don’t need to feel like you are getting a great deal with a company offering $1 per month hosting packages. These companies often provide very low quality service and less than adequate hosting packages.
Striking the right balance between price and quality doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few major things you can check with any hosting company to find out if they are worth spending your money and time with, which include:
- Technical Support – You can test the support simply by starting a chat session online. This will give you an idea of how quickly they will reply to your question. If they are slow, there’s probably an issue with their support, which could mean they are overloaded due to poor performing servers.
- Online Reviews – Every hosting company will have an occasional negative review. However, there should be enough above average and excellent reviews to outweigh the bad. You can also look at the comments to see what others like and don’t like.
- Features – If a hosting company doesn’t offer the most important features for your website, such as WordPress, they are not worth wasting your time and money with.
- Resources – Don’t be fooled by the super cheap hosting packages offering unlimited resources. There is no such thing as unlimited bandwidth or disk space. Even though they claim you get unlimited resources, there’s a limit. It’s better to choose a company that at least tells you how much disk space you will really be able to use.
These are the four most important things you want to check with any hosting company you are considering. Most excellent hosting companies will offer shared hosting packages for between $5 and $12 per month, depending on what the package includes.
If you choose a company offering a hosting account for just $1 per month, you are saving a total of $48 per year with a comparable package from a good hosting company. This may seem like a decent savings, but if the cheaper hosting company costs you just one sale, it’s probably not worth it.