5 Ways to Tell if You’re Paying Too Much for Web Hosting
Reliable web hosting is something every website owner needs. Whether you’re running a small business, creating a blog, or simply having fun, you need a website with features and service you can count on. But you also want affordable web hosting because – let’s face it, nobody likes paying more than they need to!
Of course, there’s more to affordability than price because if you’re not making an apples-to-apples comparison, you might find that the cheaper option ends up costing you more than you expected in the long run. If a hosting service charges less but fails to deliver on its promises, you haven’t really saved anything.
At Localnode, we pride ourselves on delivering reliable and affordable web hosting with a personal touch. Here are 5 ways to determine if you’re overpaying for web hosting.
#1: Compare Costs
I know we said cost isn’t the only factor, but it would be a mistake not to consider the cost of your hosting service. In most cases, shared hosting shouldn’t cost more than $10 per month for basic service or more than $25 per month for a premium package.
Dedicated hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, but it’s not uncommon for hosting companies to oversell their shared servers to push their clients to invest in a dedicated server.
#2: Compare Uptime Guarantees with Performance
Most web hosting providers say they’ll deliver 99.9% uptime. Some, like Localnode, even guarantee it. But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
There’s not much point in comparing uptime promises when everyone’s claiming the same thing. That said, there is some value in comparing uptime performance – because it doesn’t always measure up to expectations. Google may even penalize your site if you have too much downtime.
If you have a web hosting provider already, it should be easy to compare your actual uptime with the company’s promises. If it falls short, then you’re probably overpaying. When you’re comparing hosting providers, it’s a good idea to read reviews to get a feeling for whether they deliver on their uptime promises.
#3: Compare Hardware and Software
The provider you choose might give you affordable web hosting, but not everybody invests in superior hardware and superior software. If you’re not getting access to the kind pf premium equipment and tools you deserve, nothing else your web provider does will matter.
At Localnode, we use only the best. Our superior hardware includes Intel solid-state drives, Supermicro servers with dual Xeon processors, and RAID 10 hardware arrays. Our servers are loaded with superior software, too, including cPanel, Softaculous, and CloudLinux.
A hosting provider that doesn’t invest in the best hardware and software can’t provide the best service. It’s just that simple.
#4: Compare Customer Service and Tech Support
Most website owners aren’t technical wizards. They might know their way around a computer, but they’re not trained to troubleshoot server problems when they arise. That’s why your web hosting provider must offer superior, around-the-clock support.
Support means different things to different companies. You should look for a hosting provider that offers:
- Multiple support channels, including at least one that provides an immediate response
- Support that’s available when you need it: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- Support staff that are trained to resolve problems the first time
At Localnode, we’ve recently added a Live Chat option to our already-impressive support matrix. You can get help from our trained technicians at any time by clicking the Live Chat bubble on our website – or you can one of our toll-free numbers or send us an email.
#5: Compare Other Resources
Any time you sign up for a service, you should consider the intangible things that you might not normally evaluate when comparing prices.
For example, are you just a number to your web hosting provider, or are you a valued client? Let’s face it, big companies sometimes put all their attention on attracting big clients – to the detriment of the smaller clients who count on them.
Does your web provider love what they do or are they just in it to make money? We all want to be successful, but if a provider cares only about what you pay and not about your website, the chances are good that you’ll notice it in everything related to your website.
Affordable web hosting isn’t just about price. By comparing what you get in return for your money, you can be sure that you’re getting real value for your money.
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