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What To Look For When Shopping For Cheap Web Hosting

For most people looking for cheap web hosting, the best option is shared hosting. It has a number of advantages, the biggest of which is cost. It's a lot cheaper compared to hosting your web site on a dedicated server.

You can find a hosting plan that suits your needs, whether for a personal or small to medium business website. There's no point in signing up for a bunch of extra features that you don't need.

Shared hosting is also a good thing for hosting companies. They can host dozens or even hundreds of websites on a single shared server. This means less maintenance and repairs costs for them, which translates to cheaper hosting for you.

What's the Catch?

Before you choose a shared hosting service, make sure that the hosting company is using up-to-date servers with plenty of processing power. The servers also need to be connected to the internet via high bandwidth connections so they don't choke when there are spikes in traffic.

Your hosting should be scalable and able to grow with your needs as your website gets larger and busier. Look for a host with a 24x7 technical support phone number (not just email) and call before signing up to gauge the quality of their technicians.

Before you sign a contract, ask for references to other sites that are hosted on the same server. That way you can check with other webmasters to see what their experience has been like with the host.

One thing you should be sure to check is whether the hosting company is using its own servers or reselling hosting from another company. Resellers are not the best choice because they are just a middleman. When you have a problem and contact them, they then have to contact the true host which adds time. Plus, a reseller has no real control over the servers.

Be sure you always have a backup plan in case something happens to your web host. It could be that a server will go down or something more drastic like the host going out of business. Make sure you have complete control over the domain name for your website in case something like this happens and you have to move it to another host.

Check to see what kind of websites are hosted on the server. Stay away from servers that host adult sites. These sites can attract a lot of traffic and severely slow down other sites on the same server.

Other sites on the server can also reflect badly on your site. On a shared server, all the website share the same IP so if another site does something they shouldn't, your site could get affected as well.