By Free Privacy Policy

Why cheap hosting is a myth

17th October 2013

And why you should pay for the host with the most

Syed Balkhi, founder of WPBeginner, wrote an article for the Huffington Post called ‘Why Choosing the Best Web Hosting Is Crucial for Your Business’. He gave a number of useful tips, but perhaps the most telling quote was this:

“Choosing a hosting provider solely on price is not worth the hassle and headaches if your site goes down.”

Balkhi’s point touches on what’s probably the most common issue for people buying hosting.  Most of the time, the specs that you see listed for servers are pretty much the same across different providers.  When faced with two options that look pretty much the same on the surface, most people will pick the cheaper.  After all, websites will still look the same to visitors.

Of course, as with all things, you get what you pay for with hosting – and although it’s usually the technical specifications and the amount of storage that’s put at the top of the list of benefits, that’s only a fraction of what you’re paying for.

When it comes to hosting – particularly for complex websites or SharePoint solutions – it’s often the case that low end solutions simply aren’t up to the job you want from them.  Whether it’s for your intranet, or your customer facing website, hosting is business critical, and skimping on cost can have profound implications.

The fact is, that you need more than just a server plugged into the wall to cope with the needs of business, but with a cheap SharePoint hosting solution, that’s often what you’ll end up with.  Here’s what we think makes the biggest difference:

  • Support – You might not feel that support is necessary.  Believe me, the minute you need it, you’ll realise just how important it is.  No two companies need exactly the same level of support, but one thing is essential.  Being  able to pick up the phone and speak to someone who you know will follow up your enquiry quickly and comprehensively.
  • Security – Skimping on security is not an option for any business.  At the very minimum, you need a dedicated server.  The last thing any company wants is to have their data stolen because someone else on a shared server didn’t update WordPress. But security doesn’t end with the server.  When you add in process and trained staff, security becomes a major part of the overall hosting costs. But as too many companies find out – this is one area where cutting back has consequences.
  • Back-up –  Machines break.  If your server isn’t backed up, disk faults could cost you a lot of business.  When comparing hosting plans, look at the differences in back-up provision and think about the position in which each of the options would leave you
  • Staging – A staging environment lets you can test changes to a website before making them public.  Businesses need this, because it’s rare that your internal development environment is set up exactly like your live server.  It might seem like a small thing, but sending your website live without adequate testing can cause major problems for users and cost you money.

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