Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, I know – I am two days late, but it is still Thanksgiving Weekend and so I think this still counts. I hope you had a good holiday weekend so far. Did you know that Thanksgiving is a time to switch to a new web host?! Many web hosting providers have some awesome deals available and if you are in the market for a new web host or want to save some money compared to your existing web hosting, then now is the time. These cheap web hosting deals will not last forever as you can imagine. [Read more…]
This is an actual Host Gator customer who decided to review his web hosting provider in public. He did so on one of the well known web hosting forums on the Internet. If you are interested in web hosting with Hostgator this is definitely worth checking out. And if you do not know Host Gator webhosting, Hostgator is one of the largest web hosts currently around. The company grew from a college dorm room into a company with own data centers in different locations and hundreds of employees.
Here is a summary of the web hosting review (and of course a link to the source): [Read more…]
Web Hosting is usually a pre-pay business. You pay for your web hosting in advance and then next month you get charged again and so on. Over the years this has worked out great. Then quite a few web hosts started offering pre-pay terms of up to 3 years. Pay once and then pay again in a year or so – in return for your trust you receive a huge discount on the price for web hosting. Not a bad deal, eh?!
There are a few things to consider though. For one, it is important to be careful who you trust with your money. You do not want to have prepaid for 2 years and then your web host disappears after 7 months. So, when signing up and pre-paying for web hosting it is important to see who you are working with. If a company is around for many years and has a certain reputation and market share, pre-paying for longer terms is usually safe. If a company is small and new and not well established, then do not pre-pay for more than 1 quarter in advance.
Why not to pre-pay for the long term with certain hosts? If the host disappears your money is gone, too. Once a credit card payment is older than 60 days your chances of getting a chargeback approved are very slim. Again, this is usually only an issue with smaller, newer, and not well established web hosts.
So, which web hosts can you trust in my opinion? I have worked with many web hosts over the years. I have been watching the web hosting industry and the following 3 names definitely stick out for me. My recommendations are in order of how much I like or prefer each company. The #3 host on this is also the youngest company on this list (founded in 2008), but has a) reached quite some volume and b) has established a solid brand reputation.
These 3 web hosts offer very low prices when pre-paying web hosting for up to 3 years. You can read my reviews about these 3 web hosts here.
A Web Hosting Comparison is not easy to accomplish in today’s market. Almost all web hosts are looking alike and their offers do not separate them from each other. The websites to a certain look alike, it is just boring to go through and to compare web hosts. It is a tiring process and that often leads to “consumer blindness” – meaning in the due to the “dull factor” a decision is made to sign up with a certain web host just because the website looked right at the moment when you were either overwhelmed by the information you saw or you “lost” in the choices with nothing to separate a host from.
Let’s take a closer look at a few web hosts and I tell you what I think is important. I am an industry veteran so to speak, and even though I am not working at a web hosting company right now I still deal with many issues related to web hosting.
One important criteria for me when looking for an additional web hosting account is for how much time do I have to pay in advance. Everyone of us has different preferences. I personally do not like to pay in advance for more than a month. I run a business and even though I can save quite some money by paying in advance for a longer term(= lower prices), it also ties up money I might need somewhere else. If you are a consumer customer this might not matter to you as much as it matters to me as a business owner. If you are Ok with spending a lump sum now, but in the end have huge savings, I would like you to take a look at Hostgator Web Hosting. You can sign up for a plan and prepay for 36 months (3 years!) and pretty much lower your monthly cost by 50%. And even better – if you pay for 36 months in advance, it still does not set you back dramatically – due to the super high web hosting savings. Check current Host Gator pricing here.
If you want to do a web hosting comparison and a long-term contract is not for you, please read Part 2 of our articles series in regards to “Web Hosting Comparison”. (Please note that this article is published soon)