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Affordable Hosting - Nine Essential Considerations

by Manie Esterhuizen

Due to the stiff competition in the hosting market, affordable hosting is becoming more and more available and hosting is becoming much cheaper than in the past. Most of the bigger and well known hosting providers have some cheap hosting packages available and if you look around you will find excellent value for your money.

You should however consider more than the price when you are deciding on a hosting package. There should be a balance between the price and the quality of the service. The reliability and reputation of the hosting provider should also be taken into account. In the end you should feel comfortable with your choice and be confident that your selection of a web site host will be able to deliver the service you need. Good service should never be forsaken for a cheap deal, there should be no compromise in the quality of the service.

When you search for affordable hosting you should also consider the following:

1. The Terms of Service, read the small print and make sure you know exactly what services are provided and what you are paying for .
2. Does the service offer all the features you require.
3. The free use of tools like cPanel, FTP and Fantastico should be part of the hosting package.
4. Free setup and free support need to be part of the basic service.
5. The level of support is crucial, any good web hosting service should offer at least live support and 24 hour email support like a support ticket system.
6. Read some hosting reviews and compare the services and prices.
7. Most of the better hosting services provide unlimited bandwidth and disk space. Why settle for less?
8. Do a search engine search for customers complains regarding the service. You can also use a search engine to get an idea of the popularity of the hosting company. Happy customers are a good indication of good quality service.
9. Very high server uptime is essential. Your hosting is the backbone of your site, if your web site goes off line you can't receive any visitors and your site is of no use!

Several host offer free hosting but I would not recommend it as an option, you can read more about the problems associated with free hosting if you view my articles.

You should be able to get a good affordable hosting service for between $4.00 and $8.00 per month.

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Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2009