Web hosting is the act of providing storage space and access for websites. Lets start with the basics. When you create a website you need to first have a domain. Most web hosts require you to own your domain name yourself. For example on the website www.godaddy.com you would be required to pay $0.99 for your domain name. This is one of the most important parts of creating a website as it is the title of the website you will be created. Now that you have your domain name you can begin to select your web host. There are numerous web hosts you may use for this; Host Gator Cloud, Siteground, A2 Hosting, A Small Orange, and many more. So many to choose from! It should be noted that there are also various free web hosts. These are not as reliable as the paid services, but if your wallet is low on funds you should check them out. These web hosting sites only give you a limited amount of free space in the domain, until they require you to pay. Think of it like a five gigabyte free trial.
Lets say for the sake of an example, you use the host Siteground. Siteground offers three different packages for you to select from, each with merit. The first is the "web hosting" package. This package is $9.95 monthly it hosts one website, provides you with ten gigabytes of storage space, it is best suited for ten thousand monthly visits, provides you with twenty four hour support, free site transfer, as well as eleven other helpful services. The second service that they provide is the "Grow Big" package. This package is $14.95 monthly. This package is capable of hosting multiple websites, it has twenty gigabytes of space and is suitable for twenty five thousand monthly visits. The other notable features include every feature from the "Web Hosting" package as well as premium features such as priority tech support, SuperCacher for greater speed and free back ups and restores on your website. Finally they provide the "Go Geek" package for $29.95 monthly. Similar to the "Grow Big" package, the "Go Geek" package is capable of handling multiple websites, this package is capable of providing thirty gigabytes of storage space, is suitable for one hundred thousand visits a month. This package has all of the same features as the previous two packages.
An essential part of choosing the web hosting site for you is comparing the prices of the services, and the features provided. Now that we have reviewed Siteground, it is time to compare it to another website. For this we will use the site Hostgator. This site, much like Siteground, provides three different services for different prices. The first which is the equivalent to the "web hosting" package provides the exact same service save for the tech support and extra features you can find in the "web hosting" package for the price of $2.75 a month. The other two packages, follow the same pattern of similar features for lower prices. The only downside to choosing the cheaper Hostgator versus the more expensive Siteground is that as with nearly every other service in the world the cheaper services provides less features.
To choose which web host you will use, you must now think about your website. Ask yourself, "How many people will visit this first website?", "How much money do I expect to make using this website?", "How much money am I willing to spend on the service?", "Can I turn a profit using these web hosts?". In any business venture you must think about what is known at the opportunity cost. This falls under the same principle as, "You have to spend money to make money.", which rings true. Every business venture you embark upon will inevitably require you to spend some money to successfully get your business up and running. The act of reviewing the prices of different web hosts and choosing the web host boils down to these factors. Does this site provide me with the service I need? Can I realistically justify paying and continue to pay for this service? If your answer to either of these questions is a resounding "no" it is not the correct web hosting service for you. You need to find a web host that provides a balance between features and prices. You do not want to pay $10.99 for a host that gives you a single website, no tech support and is only able to provide for one thousand visitors monthly. Unrealistic I know.
So you've chosen your web host! Wonderful, but now you want to know how to save money while still using the web host to its fullest extent, and still getting every cent of profit out of it. Well there are a few ways of going about this. One way to save money and a pretty simple way at that would be to use a coupon. Numerous web hosting sites use coupons, and deals to help bring in new customers. There are also promo links they will send you, promo links are basically the same thing as a coupon.
Sometimes you will see packages being sixty percent off, or you will find an online coupon sent to your email that takes twenty percent off of your next monthly payment. This is a good way to start out paying less, however when you renew your subscription often times you won't be able to use these discounts, which transitions us nicely to the next way you can save.
Buy a longer subscription. It will cost more initially, however the price scaling may be worth it. If you buy a one month subscription that is $2.99 and you set it to auto renew every month you would pay a total of $35.88 a year, but they do not show that during the initial payment just the monthly price. They then have a three month offer for $4.99 quarterly, which would be around three dollars less than what you would spend buying a one month subscription every month. Finally they likely would have a year long subscription that is $25.99 yearly. You can see where we're going with this now. It is almost always best to buy a longer subscription if you have the funds, and know that you will be using the host yearly.
Another way to save is also fairly simple, but most people might not think about it at first. As we saw earlier with Siteground, each package offers a plethora of extra features. Shocking as it may be, these features are what makes each package worth more money, however, some web hosts allow you to turn off some of these features. Doing this will decrease the amount of money you have to pay to these web hosts. Every cent adds up!
Remember that you need to simply choose the best web hosting site for you. If you are running a rather small website, don't buy a subscription that can host a massive one. Choose what works for you, and don't let them sweet talk you into buying a subscription with hundreds of features that will ultimately be useless to you! keep an eye out.
The majority of these web hosting sites allows you to send referral codes to people. These often have a small in site economy that adds up overtime and lowers the overall cost of being hosted. Each referral will likely not give you much of the currency at once, but if you refer multiple groups of people at a time it will begin to add up over time, and will inevitably help you save some cash.
Now one helpful feature that some web hosting companies provide is a cash back program. You have probably seen these ads on T.V for insurance and things like that. Well interestingly enough some web hosting companies have taken to this nice little idea. Basically as you spend money on your subscriptions and buy more things they will overtime put small amounts of your money back into your account. It will not be making you much cash, but you could save it up and buy another subscription using money that they gave you back, so that is pretty helpful. The cash back rates vary greatly between providers, however this is definitely a useful feature to consider when choosing your web host.
We've reached the third to last simple way to save money on web hosting. You can keep your web host company, and your domain company separate. A majority of web hosts will offer you the ability to both buy your domain name from them and a web hosting package from them. While convenient it isn't very cost effective unless you pair it with a company that also has the cash back program. It is best to buy your domain name from a different company for a lower price, and then mix and then find the cheapest web host package that also meets your needs, and is reliable.
Another good way to save money that couples well with the web host cash back program is your credit card. If you can find a credit card service with cash back programs, you'll be doubling your cash back potential. Most of the banks you can use in the United States now have a cash back program, Bank Of America, Discover Card and Wells Fargo are just a few examples. While on the subject of credit cards, you could also simply find a card that has a good foreign transaction rate and use a web host outside of your home country. While this is a little bit more difficult than simply using the cash back system, it is possible to decrease the price you pay for web hosting by any percentage. If you can save money, use it!
Finally do not be afraid to try and lower the price yourself. A rather large number of web hosting services allow you to email their marketing staff. Talk to them, and see if you can't decrease the price on packaging. Haggle, barter and choose your own price(within reason). Make sure to be respectful, and don't ask for anything ludicrous.
Overall it is imperative to watch for good deals, and make sure that you do your part. Don't forget about your website or the people visiting lest you stop making money and begin paying for dead weight. Don't give up either. If any of this is scary, or seems like too much just take a leap of faith! The good news is that most of these webs hosts do something that is really helpful. If you aren't satisfied with your web host, often times they will allow you to get your money back. You've seen this all over the internet and in most ads for new products. Keep that in mind, and try to find a web host that will allow you to do this in the event that your website is falling apart within the time frame or if you cannot viably continue to pay for your subscription. It is always a limited time however, so keep an eye on those numbers.
I hope that this article was helpful to you and that you were able to use it to lower the amount of money you have to spend while maximizing your profit. Good luck!
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