Tips For Finding An Affordable Web Hosting Plan

By: Heris Yunora

In online business, the ownership of a website becomes an important thing. Website is a place where you can promote a product or service. That's why choosing a reliable and affordable web host for your site is an important step to do. But if your budget is very limited, you need to consider how much cost you need to spend of using a hosting service. Not only the monthly cost, you should also think about other costs. This article contains the things you need in picking a good web hosting company as it is important to keeping your website open and your costs down.

The following are a few tips to help you on your way:

- Web Space

The storage capacity you need depends on the type of website you intend to build. For instance, if you have a plan to build an article directory where the web space required would grow rapidly you should think about the cost of that extra web space you would need.

- Bandwidth

The contents of your website will affect the amount of money you have to pay to your hosting service. Although your website only consists of some web pages, but if you also provide streaming video or audio to visitors, the cost of bandwidth is something you should take into consideration very carefully. It is highly recommended to opt for a plan that allows you to use bandwidth more than your current requirement so anything you use over it will not cost you extra usage fees.

- Number of Domain Hosted

If your business plan involves the usages of more than one websites, consider to use a web hosting provider which gives you a facility to host all of your domains under one account. That way it doesn't matter how many domain names you host, you only have to pay for one hosting account. It is also a good idea to thing about the cost of using an add-on domain in case you want to build more websites later.

- Overuse

Look at what kind of policies a hosting company has. Will they charge you automatically when the web space or the bandwidth you use have reached the limit? Will they send you an email to inform you about it or just deactivate your account? Avoiding surprises is a necessity in business, especially when it comes to extraneous costs.

- Setup Fee

Nowadays, because of the competition is getting harder, many web hosting companies don't charge you for setting up a new account. So if you find the one that does it, simply go to other companies.

- Features

Are there any extra charges for any application or database you might need? Make sure that you don't have to spend extra money for setting up databases, putting FrontPage on your site, creating email accounts and using other common applications. They all should be free. Some web hosting providers allow you to build unlimited number of databases and email accounts.

- Module Installation

Some server-side software need additional modules to install in order to run properly. A good hosting company will offer module installation for free.

- Guarantee

Do they give you a trial period where you can try their service with no risk in you part? A 30-day trial period should be enough for you to try some important features and know about their supports further.

Those are some essential rules in finding an affordable web hosting plan. Keep in mind that today the count of hosting providers is endless and most of them claim as the number one company in the world with the very best cheap rates. Before finalizing on a web hosting service, do your homework and plan ahead.

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