Cheap But Reliable Web Hosting Service, too much to ask for?
I know many topics have been posted about this subject but I've been searching for about 3 weeks for a good webhost. I am looking for a reliable, trust worthy web hosting service. Perhaps listed with the Better Business Bureau or some other renowned consumer organization. I need a host for my new online store. I don’t need that much disk space or a crazy amount of webspace.
Here’s my wish list:
-proven track record/no overselling, and good advertising. Don't offer something you do not have, just to get the my business. (e.g. 30GB of bandwith, or unlimited)
- inexpensive, under $15 a month with the ability to grow as the business does
-don’t want unlimited space, the company should only offer limited space to everyone.
-Ability to add-on at least 2 domains for the same cost
-I prefer cPanel control panel since I’m like the way it functions best but I will try others
-24/7 customer service by phone during normal business hours but definitely 24/7 email support
-A knowledgeable customer service and technical staff
-Free trial period or month-to-month contract. (I really test it out to the fullest and I don’t want to deal with a refund if I don’t like it)
-No set up fees!
Is that too much to ask for? I think that there are many great companies out there who cater to small businesses and I’m determined to find them.
That's not too much to ask for considering your budget is $15 and the hosting market is gradually offering more and more storage/bandwidth for users at a lower price each day. I would dig around WHT for some reputable hosts and do your search before making a decision. Make sure you do send sales email/questions etc.. to double check before making your decision
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What sort of problems have you had? For what you want at your budget you should have no problems finding a good quality host. You might have a problem deciding which one to go with. But finding them should not be a problem. Maybe if you tell us what your reservations are exactly we might be able to help you a little better.
You don't seem to be asking anything unreasonable depending on what your actual space/bandwidth requirements are.
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$15 per month is a good price, problem is that it is difficult to find out if it is a kid alone running hosting operations(and even worse - could be very active poster at WHT) or it is a real company. To find out if it is a reseller or a real datacenter can be easier (f.e. via ownership of ASN "number"). Resellers can be more "supportive" in simple cases, DC owners are more in control and can respond quicker to more serious issues, especially related to network and hardware.
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Cheap and Reliable tend to be mutually exclusive in most things, including web hosting (IMO). A lot of folks around here don't seem to "get" this basic principle in life.
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Unless there is a negative report on a company, the BBB lists only companies that are willing to pay the BBB fee to be listed and affiliated. So, for most companies, you will only see their listing if negative claims have been made. As far as finding a good company that is reliable and cheap, you generally get what you pay for in this business. My advice is to find a company that charges lower than others and is reliable. Go to reviews to see if there are many negatives and check host-tracker to see uptime stats.
you generally get what you pay for in this business. My advice is to find a company that charges lower than others and is reliable.
I think there is an inconsistency in these 2 statements, but the biggest problem in the industry is NOT getting what you pay for.
Paying more simply gives an equivalently efficient host access to more resources to service your account. It doesn't mean he/she is equivalently efficient or that he/she will choose to spend the money on servicing your account.
Some pricing models also mean that a higher resource user is essentially being subsidised by lower resource users who are paying the same price.
That said, if you want to be sure of reliability then you need to pay your host enough for the resources you will use and know that other customers are doing the same.