I’ve been in the internet marketing business since 2006 and I’m yet to see very cheap web hosting that doesn’t suck. Sure, I can’t deny there are many options available, even if you have less than $10 per month to spend for hosting. Many of them are decent, but at the end of the day, each of them has something that makes you want to go for a superior class of hosting, dedicated servers or smart servers.
A Glimpse into Cheap Web Hosting
Dreamhost, for instance, is cheap, but sites are awfully slow and their legendary already outages of more than 24 hours make one think twice before signing up with them. I had my sites hosted with them back in 2007, so there’s a chance they might have improved since.
Let’s take a look into Hostgator: sites are up most of the time, which is awesome, the customer service is quite responsive, cPanel is easy to get accustomed to. The big downside is that your sites will be hacked at least a couple of times a year, so you better keep your backups up-to-date and in a safe place. Anyway, I host this website with Hostgator and I have a $9.94 discount coupon for you, in case you need it: alltipsandtricks994. Sign up here and use the coupon when asked for.
The same issue of hacking applies to sites hosted on 1 and 1 servers. Hacking doesn’t occur as often as with Hostgator, but it’s still annoying. Besides, I’m not impressed with the loading speed either.
All of the above are shared hosting solutions, which means your sites are on the same server with many others, sometimes not the best neighbourhood ever. Nonetheless, if that’s all the money you can afford, then go for shared hosting, but choose wiser. One of the cheap hosts I use and recommend is Bluehost. You can read more about Bluehost here.
If I were to go for shared hosting again, I’d choose speed and security as the main selection criteria, plus 24/7 customer service. This eliminates many of the most-known hosting companies out there. Unfortunately, it also blows up the $10 per month barrier. There is a solution which costs $14.95 per month: the Standard Expert Web Hosting Plan offered by Liquid Web. I’m impressed with their “Heroic Support”, available 24/7/365 and with their redundant nightly backups. This means that I don’t need to worry about backups anymore, because I can always find one from the day before. This plan is awesome for beginner bloggers or for business presentation websites. Liquid Web provides lots of tutorials, so even if you know nothing about sites and servers and cPanel, you’ll still be able to handle your website and have it up and running with no hassle.
If your blog or website will turn into a highly trafficked one, you may find yourself in the situation of needing an upgrade to your hosting plan, but that’s not a problem with Liquid Web, as they offer much more than shared hosting, so they can advise you on the spot.