If you’ve done some research or read our article about free web hosting, you know that it’s not really worth it. You know you need to be willing to fork out some cash to get a paid hosting service. But how much do you actually need to spend?
There are many cheap web hosting options out there that seem to bridge the gap between dangerous free service and expensive quality services. But is that cheap hosting service really worth the money? Are you actually getting more than you would get out of a free service?
Let’s take a closer look at cheap webhosting and see if it’s actually a smart decision.
There are many types of cheap hosting including cheap VPS hosting, cheap dedicated server hosting, and cheap reseller hosting. So you do get some more variety than is usually available in the free hosting world.
Cheap hosting services often target those who know better than to place any trust in a free service but still are on a tight enough budget that they need an economical option. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
To be fair, there is no hard and fast definition of “cheap hosting” and even an expensive service can be a rip off. However, as a general rule of thumb, if it’s less than $5 per month, you at least need to be asking questions and figuring out where they’re making money and whether you’re really even getting anything for your money that you couldn’t get from a free service.
While there are definitely some honest cheap hosting sites out there, you need to do your research before you spend any money because there are, unfortunately, also a lot of rip offs and scams trying to lure you in.
Here are some of the most common drawbacks that people experience with cheap server hosting.
In short, we’re not saying there’s no such thing as a good cheap web hosting company. There certainly are some respectable options. We’re just saying that there is a lot of risk involved in choosing one and you will need to do your research.
But in all honesty, you should be doing just as much research before investing in a more expensive option (or any option). You always want to know exactly what you are getting for your money and avoid surprise charges or failures down the road.
While you probably are aware that for such a low price, you can’t be expecting premium service, you still want to get something for your money. So we’ve created a list of what we consider to be the minimum standards you should expect even from a cheap web hosting service.
We still recommend investing in quality as that will provide the greatest benefits to your business in the long run. But if you are on a tight budget, keep this information in mind as you shop for a budget-friendly hosting site.