View Poll Results: Pricing Vs Quality

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  • $0.00 - $3.00 / Month

    5 14.29%
  • $3.00 - $5.00 / Month

    12 34.29%
  • $5.00 - $15.00 / Month

    11 31.43%
  • $15.00 - $50.00 / Month

    3 8.57%
  • $50.00 + / Month

    4 11.43%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Toronto, Ontario

    What is cheap/budget hosting?

    Hello All,

    Well, i see arguments on a daily basis here regarding pricing... you will see situations where one hosting company that charges $10/month is suggesting that bad service should be expected from a hosting company that is charging $4/month. I am not suggesting either is good or bad, I am not passing my own opinion in this thread.

    So, my question to the members of webhostingtalk is very simple, I have listed 5 price ranges in this poll, what is the lowest price range where you would expect a high quality of service/support.
    Last edited by Kevin; 02-15-2008 at 07:39 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    < $3 / month. If there is a problem, I just move my sites

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    DFW & BCS, TX
    I would say 0-5 is cheap but voted 3-5 since that seemed the most common. I think the poll should have been more broken down further like 5-7 7-10. Who would say $15-$50+ is cheap for web hosting? Maybe a vps but not a web host.

    Edit oops I just read the title question not the one in the post. For a quality 8-15 for a smaller amount of resources. For high quality it goes up from there in my oppinion.
    Last edited by rcpersons1; 02-15-2008 at 07:50 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Just like the other 208,225,256 polls out there asking the same question, you need to be more specific about what you're getting for this range.

    $15 for a dual-core p4 with 5GB ram and 5TB of BW is very very cheap. I wouldn't expect good service though.

    $15 for 100MB shared hosting with 2GB shared BW is not terrible, but i'd expect excellent service.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    The price being cheap/budget is dependent upon what you get. There are people who say that budgeted hosts provide poor quality service and support; this isn't true. There are many who provide same quality as larger hosts. Same thing as there are many non budget host who charge $10 and still provide nothing but headaches.

  6. #6
    Here kevin listed 5 price range. I think it is difficult to find a service on the basis of just money.
    it is depends on the budget of the customer
    Commonly everybody says you will get for what you pay, it may not be true.
    Probably we can get good service for just $30/month and also there is a possibility to get bad service for 50/month....right ?.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2006
    NJ, USA
    $5+ at least.

    If you figure $1-3 per ticket per employee, if I send in a ticket or two a month, it essentially means you make $0 off me.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    @bineshjacob - same thing I stated before you.

    @Dougy - Not every company pays $1-3 per ticket, which is ridiculous.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    I would vote for 4$, if it's cheaper - it's red alert to stay away

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    I'd say the $3-$5 range would qualify as cheap. But you also need to factor in what sort of space and bandwidth are included. The $3/month plan could have 100mb space and 1GB of bandwidth. If that was the case would it still qualify as cheap?
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  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    I would of said Cheap would be in the range of $3-$7. By far most budget hosts would be in this category of pricing.

  12. #12
    I would say anything around $0 - $3 is considered cheap hosting and $3 - $5 to be budget hosting.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    I voted 3-5 but I really believe its about how much your being offered. If you pay 3 dollars monthly and get 50mb webspace and 3-5gb bandwidth I would say that is a legit sale which doesn't deserve to be in the cheap webhosting category.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    I'd say the $3-$5 range would qualify as cheap. But you also need to factor in what sort of space and bandwidth are included. The $3/month plan could have 100mb space and 1GB of bandwidth. If that was the case would it still qualify as cheap?
    Than it would be entirely dependent upon how often the customer deals with support.

    As always, these polls/threads lead nowhere as no definitive answer can be arrived at. The question is too ambiguous and encompasses much too much.
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  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Northern Europe.
    I generally doubt you get decent service for less than $5 or so per month, but it's hard to say any hard and fast rules.

    Some hosts just seem able to run a more efficient operation than others; they have better morale among their staff or whatever.

    For instance, hosting companies owned by the staff may do better because the staff feels a higher responsibility toward the company.
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  16. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    You're wandering into a walmart & holding a poll asking passerbys what they define as cheap. You'll receive answers anywhere from .50 cents to $500. It's a worthless question -- there's such a wide variety of budgets, needs & risks that clients assess when they're hunting for a company.

    The beauty of it is you'll find clients at every pricing point. At $5 a month, you'll frequently have business clients asking how you can afford to offer services on one hand.. and the other, you'll have people asking you why you're so expensive compared to xyz host.

    Don't price yourself according to an odd anonymous poll. Price yourself based on the services you want to offer & market yourself accordingly. You'll find clients willing to pay $1,000 for a shared hosting account if you spend enough time looking. The question is which market do you want to cater to.
    Last edited by David; 02-17-2008 at 09:50 AM.
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  17. #17
    I would say 5-10 for a decent sized is probibly good value for money, Considering the big hosts charge close to 20+ for a Web host only.

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