Finding a quality hosting provider can be a daunting experience. It can also cost a lot of money if you get it wrong. Low cost solutions are not the way to go if you are looking for quality and reliability. Still, in some situation, it pays off to start with a simple free hosting setup, in order to test your website’s functionality, do some debugging, see how the first couple of months go and so on.
There are also people who want to set up a private website for their families, students having fun on the web and all kinds of other casual reasons people want to host a website. That is why I decided to write an article about low-cost, budget-friendly and even free hosting solutions.
If you want to spend little or no money on hosting, you have a few different options. All of these options can satisfy the basic hosting needs. We are going to give you some tips about what some of them are good for, so you can find the one that is right for you.
There are tons of providers offering free web hosting services. There a couple of reasons they do this. Some of them will use your website to advertise their own company while others will give you free hosting so you can start your own website, get a bit more successful and then move on to a more serious hosting solution. Many people will say that free hosting is the same, no matter who the provider is.
This presumption is wrong. Good free hosting will offer you e-mails, give you a cPanel for easy control and some will even provide site builders. You can follow this link for a live preview, just to see how it looks like.
You should really look around before getting free hosting, because you might end up with a better hosting solution than you expected. You shouldn’t expect to get support from a provider when you get free hosting, but some of them will offer tons of tutorial videos so you can find whatever seems to be troubling you and resolve the problem yourself.
Shared hosting is also one of the budget friendly options you can go for, if you want to do something casual. Like the name implies, you will be sharing your server machine with a bunch of other website owners. This is why the price of this option is so low.
Since there is no limit to how much of the collective resources one user can use, things like sluggishness and site downtime can be expected. All it takes is high traffic on one website located on your server and you may end up not having access to any of the resources. Also, the limitations for software use when using shared hosting are extensive.
The software has to be nearly identical to the other users on the server, so you have no choice there. The security is also pretty low because of the number of users located on the server.
From the SEO point of view, this is probably the worst hosting option you can choose. It is basically a coin-toss game. Your website can either flourish or fade away depending on the strength and authority provided by the website domains you are sharing the server with. If you are leading a serious company and you are competing for the higher ranks in search engine lists, shared hosting is a risky solution for you to opt for.
VPS is perfect if you want to “field test” your website and see how it does before you really invest into the hosting for it, since VPS offers wide flexibility when it comes to resources. It offers a dedicated hosting experience for a significantly lower amount of money.
You can easily start out with a very low set up and then, if things go well, you can upgrade to a package with some serious resources. By doing this, you will be able to save money in the beginning, since the cost will be quite low when going for the lightest package offered.
VPS is also a great option for this, since you can use any software you like, you can even get full support from the provider and the resources you pay for will be reserved for you, no matter what the other users might be doing. The security on VPS is usually very good, so if you are planning to go places with your website and are worried that something might happen to it during the test run, than this might very well be the best solution for you.
Here you can find what aspects you should be aware of when choosing the right provider.
Keep in mind that your website is the basic tool for affirming and maintaining your online presence. Depending on the glossary and resources it pulls from the server, opt for the right hosting solution and a reliable provider. This way you will provide your visitors the full experience of your website as well as the content you wish to present them. To wrap up, here is a 15 point checklist for web hosting shoppers, where you will find further info.
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