Are you planning to buy a web hosting plan to start your self-hosted WordPress blog? Then I am sure that you are looking to find out the best hosting provider who provide almost everything unlimited at a cheapest price. But do you know that whatever all the top web hosting providers are disclosing are not always correct?
In other way, I would say that there are various hidden terms and conditions for couple of promises every hosting service providers are promising. In this article I will share 5 such web hosting myths or facts you should know before buying a hosting plan. This is good for you to know what you are actually buying, without having any miss understanding.
5 Web Hosting Myths/ Facts You should Know
However before starting, you can have a look at the beginners guide to web hosting for a better understanding about your web hosting plan.
By the way, here I am talking mainly about the shared hosting plans. Basically as a beginner one should start with a good shared hosting plan only. It is better to know about hosting gradually by spending less money.
1. Unlimited Space & Bandwidth
Do you know that almost every shared hosting plan is promising couple of things as unlimited. Here I am highlighting the unlimited space & bandwidth. When you buy a shared hosting, as the name suggests your website is going to share the same space with many other website. That means, there is no concept of unlimited.
In case your website start using more resources, as an aftereffect your website may get down and your hosting account can be blocked. So, be clear in your mind before buying a shared hosting plan. If you really need unlimited resources, then move to a dedicated server.
2. Hosting with a FREE Domain
Many web hosting providers offer a free domain name to promote their hosting plans. E.g If you buy a shared hosting plan from Bluehost.com, you will get a Free .com domain name for free of cost. But have you read the terms further?
If not, then let me tell you that you are going to get this domain name free for the first year only. From next year onward you have to pay the domain renewal charges. In case you get some discount on domain name with some other hosting provider, you have to pay the full renewal fee of the domain from the next year onward.
3. Cheap Hosting Companies are Bad
Many people think that cheap web hosting providers are not good enough and that’s why they are offering hosting plans for affordable prices compared to others. But this is not the fact. If you are not aware, then let me tell you that almost all cheap web hosting providers are among the best hosting providers of the world.
Here is the list of such hosting providers who are reviewed as best hosting service provider and at the same time offer cheapest hosting plans.
|Company||Basic Plan To Buy||Web Address|
|Hostgator||Starting at $5.56/month||hostgator.com|
|SiteGround||$6.95/month after 30% discount||siteground.com|
|Bluehost||$3.95/month + Free Domain Name||bluehost.com|
|1and1 Hosting||$0.99/month + Free Domain||1and1.com|
|DreamHost||$7.95/month Shared hosting plans||dreamhost.com|
|JustHost||$3.49/month + Free Domain||justhost.com|
|A Small Orange||$50/Year + Free .com Domain||asmallorange.com|
|Godaddy||$3.99/month + Free domain with Annual Plan||godaddy.com|
4. Monthly Hosting Plans are Good to start
As a beginner, it is obvious that we look for the cheapest option to spend less. Like many others, I have also started my first website on a monthly billing web hosting plan. But gradually I have realized that, I was actually spending more money and also every month I had to pay the amount without any fail.
The biggest myth here is, as you have started a website for making money, then there is no doubt that you want your website to be live for years. Then why to pay for monthly billing plans? On annual billing plan, specially if you buy for 3 years you can save more than 50% of the hosting expenditure.
5. Buying a Domain Name with Hosting Plan
It is always good to buy your domain name with a separate company than the hosting provider. E.g. I have purchased this domain name from Godaddy.com and hosting this website on another hosting provider. Now, in future if I have to change my hosting provider, then I don’t have to worry about my domain name change. As I just have to change the DNS records with the new one in my Godaddy account.
So, these are the few web hosting myths and facts I think one should keep in mind while buying a web hosting plan. If you ask me to provide some tips on web hosting buying guide, then I will say that go with Hostgator BABY plan or Bluehost Plus plan with minimum of 3 year duration to save money.