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How to Choose a Cheap Web Hosting Service

Aug 18, 2007
Cheap web hosting is one thing every website owner wants to have, and there are quite a number of companies willing to take on that responsibility for prices starting as low as $3.95 a month. Most web hosting firms charge more than that, so the $3.95 might well be termed discount web hosting. Some research will obviously be required on the part of the website owner to determine which of the many companies offering web hosting will be most beneficial. A good host will allow regular changes to the content of the website to keep it from becoming "old hat" and stale. Fresh material keeps visitors to the site coming back. For a business trying to sell a product this is particularly important, and there should be no extra fees for updating a site.

When a website is down, business comes to a halt, so one important topic to discuss with a potential web host is the amount of down time they experienced over the previous months. The number should be low. The next question should be about the time it takes to get back up after downtime. Obviously, if little time is lost the economic losses to a business are small, but there should be a reimbursement of a part of the monthly fee for any time the website is actually down. Besides downtime, other technical difficulties should be addressed quickly. It is helpful to find out from other customers of the company what their experience has been with this cheap web hosting company. Customer service should be high on its priority list, and should be available at any time.

Does this discount web hosting company offer virus and spam filters? They should certainly offer this service as part of their package, along with multiple e-mail addresses. The amount of bandwidth a website owner can use will depend on the level of service paid for. The host company should provide a schedule of payments and all the services they offer before a customer signs a contract, to avoid any misunderstanding.

A tracking service should be included with the cheap web hosting so the website owner can see how many visits to his site were made over a given period of time. It is through this information, along with the number of sales that resulted from these visits, that lets the business owner know just how effective his website is or is not. The whole purpose of a business opening a website on the Internet is to move its products, or expand its services, whichever is appropriate. For other kinds of entities, such as a chamber of commerce or a city, the purpose is to broadcast information for tourists. The numbers of visitors to their sites could bring dollars to the community, so constant updating is very important. If it is a charitable institution, the goal is clearly to acquire donations. Current information is important in all cases for success to be achieved.

The actual design of a website and the choice of a name is offered to customers by all discount web hosting companies, unless the customer has already drawn a design. The attractiveness of a design can make the difference between success and failure. Whether it's cheap web hosting or very expensive services, this provision should be the same for everyone. There will be some elements in an expensive contract (such as bandwidth offered) that will differ from the lower cost contract, but for either one the web page design should be of a quality that both the host and the website owner will be proud. Quality was important to the Israelites when they were building their temple, too. "And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold." (2 Chronicles 4:22)

No matter which of the several cheap web hosting companies a person or company considers signing up with, there will be more than one plan for payment of the fees for their services. Monthly fees usually run higher than quarterly or annual payments would be. If it fits in the budget of the businessman, the longer payment intervals will save money. No matter which plan one chooses, however, the service should be the same. The web host offering discount web hosting should listen to the needs of the client accepting that low offer just as closely as the client who is paying for the most expensive package offered.

Registration with a search engine is included with host company services. The host company and the website owner will work together to choose key words that fit the business, then submit the information to multiple search engines at no extra cost. Getting on the first page of a category is difficult and expensive, but with new companies being added and old companies being dropped all the time on the Internet, the position of a company could move up over time.
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Rod hewitt is 27 years old and lives in Portland, Oregon, webprogrammer and web designer, owner of Hospedagem Linux Brazilian hosting company.
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