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How Much Should I Pay For Hosting & what to look for when choosing a provider?

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The cost of web hosting varies massively depending on the provider you choose to go with. I am guessing you already know that hence reading this article, right?

Well, the answer to this one does depend on your business and how important the speed, security and reliability of your website is to you.

Sure, you can find some overseas providers willing to let you host with them for free, but you have to ask yourself why? Contrary to this there are some more ‘premium’ hosting providers that are charging £500+ per month, but can they really deliver on their promises?

How do different hosting providers compare?

In general most hosting providers pricing is pretty similar and should offer a range of plans that allows you to start small (and cost-effective) and work your way up as your business grows.

It is probably never a good idea to choose a free or stupidly cheap hosting as you need a provider you can trust to keep your website live on the web 100% of the time. Also, do you really need to be spending £100’s on web hosting when you are about to launch a small business?

Ultimately, it all boils down to your budget and the importance of your website quality. You should consider spending some time researching each individual company, check the reviews and benefits and make sure there is nothing unusual going on before you make your final decision.

In my opinion, you should be open to spending anything between £10 and £50 per month for a decent hosting provider. The lower end if you are just building a simple website with a couple of pages will be absolutely fine, but if you are looking to build a large e-commerce website with loads of products then perhaps look at the higher tier plans to up your speed and space.

Here at WebPower we currently offer hosting plans from as little as £8.95 per month which is usually plenty for a small business to get started. Our top plan is £29.95 per month and it gives you everything you need to launch unlimited websites under one account. Perfectly suitable for web design companies or entrepreneurs with multiple projects.

How do I choose a web hosting provider?

It can be pretty tricky to choose a hosting provider for your business so do your research and keep it simple:

  1.  Check all the reviews of the provider you are interested in across different review sites
  2. Avoid stupidly cheap or extremely expensive companies
  3. Reach out to the support team and ask any questions you may have
  4. Always do your due diligence before handing over your cash
  5. Avoid long term contracts and start by paying just for your first month

Reach out to our friendly support team

We would love to hear your thoughts on the above and if there is something you always look for when changing your hosting provider. Reach out to our support team via web chat today to discuss with us. If you have not yet made your decision on which hosting provider to choose, we would love to accommodate you and your website. Try out WebPower today.

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