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Cheap Webhost Comparison

by Bruce Fried

Trying to decide which Web Hosting site to choose can be a very daunting task. There are so many of them out there and so many different factors to compare that it can make your head spin. I have taken a look at a couple of dozen Web Hosting companies and narrowed down the field to approximately 4 that I believe to be the cream of the crop of inexpensive Web Host choices. I have laid out what I believe to be the best 4 choices.

If you don’t really need a lot of space and your just putting up a fun home page maybe with family pictures or something simple, most Internet Service Providers offer a free website with your account. It’s usually fairly easy to access the free home page and can be sufficient for some people’s usage. If however you want to upload complicated web pages or a business web site that may use e-commerce you will need to choose a good Web Hosting company that will be able to handle all of your needs.

When broken down, the important things to look for in web hosts are Price, Technical Support, Storage Available, Transfer (traffic) Available, Domains, Email Accounts, and e-Commerce capabilities. Prices vary and but are typically in the $7.95/month range for a 1 year sign up but can go down as low as $3.95/month when signing up for 2 years or more. Most of the technical support is pretty good, with a typical 2 to 10 minute wait for help on the phone or live chat support which in most cases is not as thorough as the phone help. All in all when compared most all Web Hosts are pretty much equal in this area. Typical storage is in the 10 to 15 gigabit range and traffic is typically in the 250 to 500 gigabit range. Most Web Hosts offer 1 free domain with sign up but will allow you a total of 5 to 10 domains managed under your account. Email accounts vary and range anywhere from 20 to unlimited. Most of the companies that I have looked at offer e-commerce in the form of either a Paypal or Agora shopping cart.

Tuesday, Oct 17th, 2006