Web Hosting on a Budget – 3 Quick Tips
One of the great things about starting your own website business is that it’s fairly cheap to do—as far as startups go. Still, there are costs involved and while you may be able to start turning a profit soon if your ideas are good, that still doesn’t help you right now. With the economy less-than-stellar (okay, that’s an understatement), it’s important to stick to your budget when it comes to finding a web host service provider.
Of course, when most people hear “budget web hosting,” they automatically think “cheap web hosting.” Well, just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it has to be poor quality.
How to Find Web Hosting Service Providers When You’re on a Budget?
With that in mind, let’s take a look at three quick tips that can help save you money on web hosting without causing you to compromise on quality too much. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get a top of the line web hosting service provider for very long for cheap, but at least these tips will help give you a good head start until your web business starts paying for itself.
1. Look for free trials
Okay, so this isn’t exactly brain surgery here, but finding free stuff is always great. But it’s even better when you get a little bit crafty about it. If you don’t mind the hassle of switching over to other web hosting service providers every couple of months, you can literally host your website for free for quite some time. All it takes is a little bit of gumption, the willingness to search out the best web hosting companies that offer free trials and the time to put in.
Then, all you do is sign up with a web host, create your site and when your free trial is up, just move your site over to a new hosting service that offers free trials. It’s really that simple, even if it is a little grimy. Still, that’s why the free trials are there—for you to try their services. You’re just trying more services than most do!
And with some luck, you’ll find one that you really like and won’t mind paying—or at least going back to them when you can afford to. Similarly, you can also find great web hosting providers that offer the first few months at a reduced price—it might not be free but it will still be within your budget. Plus, these providers are typically quality companies.
2. Comparison shop
If that web host hopping doesn’t appeal to you, it’s time to put in some good old fashioned, hard work—well, as far as Googling stuff goes. Sit down for a few hours and go through as many customer and company reviews as possible. Do side by side comparisons of not only the costs of each company’s web hosting plans, but also the services that you receive from them.
Sometimes, it’s more about being cost-efficient when you’re on a budget than about saving money up front. Look for service providers that save you money in the long run with easily upgradable plans, eCommerce solutions, scalable growth options and dedicated servers. The goal here is to possibly pay a bit more for hosting in the early months but save money down the line once your site takes off. Site not going to take off? Then perhaps you need to reconsider your plan.
3. Search for discount codes
Last but not least, we have the discount code option which is more of a hit and miss plan—but when you hit, you really hit. To find discount codes for web hosting service providers and plans, all you have to do is Google search “discount codes for web hosting” or something similar.
Play around with the keywords and try to find sites that have good customer ratings and success rates for the codes. You won’t always get the best codes every time, so this option really should be started a few months before you’re ready to sign with a web hosting company. Be adamant with your searches and sooner or later, you’ll find a great discount.