5 Reasons Why You Don't Want to Buy Cheap Web Hosting
by David Reeder, 06 October 2016
I get asked why our hosting is more expensive than other, cheaper alternatives on the market. Well, not all hosting is equal and really cheap hosting could bring with it some nasty "extras" that you really don't want!
When you are spending good money on a website, investing in quality hosting can make all the difference between the website loading quickly, getting support when you need it or being trusted online.
Here are five reasons why it's a bad idea to buy cheap hosting:
1 - Slow Performance
By performance, we mean the website loading consistently quickly and everything working properly, with as much "up time" as possible.
Quality servers will use solid state drives, with ample RAM and disk space to support your website and make it perform well.
Software is also important. By using PHP7, you take advantage of a fast new PHP standard that performs really well. Also configuring the server to run things like GZIP and Opcache means your website will be optimised to deliver compressed resources, so will load much faster.
Cheap hosting is sold with lots of disk space etc but often is not optimised to run your site quickly and this could lead to more down time too.
2 - Shared too much
Cheap hosting can be shared with a huge number of users per server. You may get lucky here because shared hosting can perform really well if there aren't too many other users, but it's quite likely that some users will be hogging the server resource.
A quality host will limit the amount of users on each shared server so it could work out fine, but the more budget companies out there will need to add high numbers to each box due to their low hosting charges.
3 - Getting Blacklisted
When you share with a great number of other users as mentioned in number 2, there is a high chance of getting blacklisted.
IP addresses can get blacklisted when a huge volume of mail is sent or mail is sent that contains spam messages. It means that although someone else has sent that mail, because you are on the same server your email could all be banned too.
For a larger company this could be catastrophic - imagine a hundred, or even a thousand employees unable to send and receive their email!
4 - Poor Support
From DDoS attacks to Apache needing a restart, at some point everyone's hosting goes down.
When (not if) this happens, you need support you can count on. Preferably with a phone line as well as a ticketing system so you can call and make sure the experts are looking at the issue.
With budget hosting, you are less likely to get that quality 24/7/365 support that is essential for your business.
5 - Lack of Features & Software
Having WHM and cPanel packed with features means most things you need to do are point and click which is great because we don't all have to learn SSH and how to become system admins!
That is of course unless you have very cheap hosting with a lack of features and clunky interface.
Thanks for reading!
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