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Web Hosting Cost Structure

by john.stephen@webhostingclue.com

A lot of people tend to spend a lot of time to compare the price and features of different web hosting to find a cheapest one. But do you feel a web hosting used you $3.95/month is a cheap one? In this article, we will discuss about cost structure of web host so that you can get a better understanding of your spending on it.

In general, the cost of web hosting includes::

1) Time spent on searching for a web hosting

Time you use to find an appropriate hosting is usually quite high.. It's very often that people spends more than 10 hours to go through the web hosting guide, web hosting review and comparing information, and finally still not feel conformtable to their choice. But in this imperfect world, it would be hard to find so call "perfect" one even you invest big effort on it. So, if you really care about your time, a suggestion here is that you should make the deal when you find an appropriate web host which is within your budget and meet your hosting requirement.

2) Another cost is what you will be charged by the web hosting service provider.

Most of people put a big eye on this one, but actually it is the smallest portion of cost in the whole web hosting. For most personal web site, blog, or small home business web site, the price of a web hosting is usually lower than $10/month, and you even can get a very nice one be as low as $3.95/month (such as bluehost.com, a leading web hosting company in the industry, will allow you to get its service with a price of $3.95/month by using a promotion link). So, from above you will know that your regular web hosting cost from vendor is actually not big deal, in most case, it's less than the cost of a lunch.

3) Potential maintenance cost for your web host

Maintenance cost happens when your web site falls into trouble and need the support from the web hosting service provider. Your business will be risk if the vendor cannot provide you with the appropriate and timely support and give you a feeling of hopeless. And then you might start looking for another web hosting service provider and transfer all your web site to the new place. During it, you might lost the sale or the reputation of your business due to the down of your site, and you also have to spend a lot of time to find a better. Consider the potential huge cost in this one, when finding a web hosting, you should only work with the reliable web hosting provider to put your business in safe.

A easy-to-use control panel will reduce your maintenance cost a lot. There are some routine tasks you might want to do your site, such as check the traffic, create email, etc. If all those are done by shell, it might need some technical knowledge to maintenance a site, but if well-designed control panel, such as cPanel will make this task very easily and save you huge time.

People tend to very care about the regular web hosting cost from the vendor, but according to the analysis above, you will know that cost might be the smallest portion in your overall investment on web hosting, Reliability and service will be the key thing you should consider most when purchasing a hosting.

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Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2009