Many prospective web hosting customers especially in countries like Nigeria start the search for a web hosting company from a search engine. It is not uncommon for such people to search for “cheap web hosting”, “cheapest web hosting in nigeria”, “cheap web hosting company” etc. While it is not wrong to want to save some money where possible, the question one needs to reflect on is, “is cheap web hosting always the better choice?”
Web hosting company like other serious businesses always have various financial obligations. Meeting these obligations and still making enough money to declare a profit is a constant balancing act. As such, a web hosting service needs to be priced just right. A serious web hosting company would not under-price for a prolonged period. Whilst occasional promotional offers are reasonable, a prolonged under-pricing can jeopardize the future of the web hosting company.
Then there are micro web hosting firms managed single-handedly by individuals with the motive of shacking-up the web hosting industry. These individuals usually price very low for two reasons:
So what price is right for web hosting?
Before deciding to choose a web host, it helps to short-list at least 5 different web hosting firms and then compare all the important factors. Pricing, really, should not be the only determining factor. Closely comparing the full features they offer relative to their respective pricing should be a pointer towards what price is right.
In web hosting, you get what you pay for, most of the times. Cheap web hosting is often times mediocre web hosting. Since cheap web hosting firms under-price their service, they lack the financial muscle to invest in world-class service delivery. The under-paying web hosting customers end-up suffering for it all.
Before you choose your next web host hosting company, remember that cheap is not always best.
One question we often face from prospective web hosting customers after they have gone through our web hosting plans are similar to:
“so which web hosting plan is right for me?”
While there is no direct answer to this question, a few indicators can serve as a guide for you to choose the right web hosting plan.
Type of website
What type of website are you building? Are you building a static 15-page website or a dynamic website with unlimited number of pages?
If you are building a simple website, chances are that you would never need more than 100MB of disk space for your website. However, a dynamic website like a news website, discussion forum, e-commerce shop etc, often rely on a database system. These databases can quickly grow into hefty files, and this can affect the disk space your website needs to run smoothly.
Type of content
What are you publishing over the Internet? If you are publishing mostly text and a few photos in between, you might not need much disk space in the beginning. If you are running a constantly-updated blog however, note that your text as well as comments added by readers of that blog would soon add-up.
Are you publishing mostly images or videos? Then you are better-off starting with a sizeable disk-space. Images and video files tend to use-up a lot of disk space.
How much email do you need?
If your web hosting is for a medium-sized company or organization, chances are that you would need multiple email addresses ranging between 10 and 100. While the number of email addresses alone is not enough indicator, we live in a world where bandwidth (internet traffic) has become abundantly available. It is not unusual for people to send bulky files via email. A number of such email messages left on the server un-deleted can quickly increase your disk space consumption.
The good news is that Web4Africa offers a generous disk space even on the lowest web hosting plan we offer. If you are still not sure about how much disk space you would need, it doesn’t hurt to start with our lowest web hosting plan and then upgrade as the need arises.
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