There are plenty of reasons why you’d want someone managing your website – from ongoing backups to software updates to troubleshooting. But some of the biggest problems many website owners – and, in turn, we website managers – deal with today are due to their insufficient web hosts.
Every web host is different, and you can choose from a wide-range of service levels, feature sets and prices. If you want hands-on, managed hosting, that’s available. If you want reliable, mid-tier hosting, you can find it. And, if you want to spend as little as possible, there are plenty of those options, too.
Unfortunately, when it comes to deciding on a host, it’s often too easy to simply look at prices and decide to go with the cheapest option available.
Consider this a PSA: it’s called cheap web hosting for a reason.
Some things you may want to consider before you sign up with a cheap web host:
For some folks, having a slow site and putting up with sub-par customer service is acceptable. It’s not for us, so we avoid cheap web hosts as much as possible (and are often asked to move clients from them to higher-grade companies).
Like anything in life, if you’re looking to pay the least amount of money possible, you’re likely to get service inline with your costs. Web hosting is no different. You get what you pay for.