Our list of the best cheap web hosting companies focuses on monthly cost, length of terms, and overall value. You need to consider a few factors when choosing the best web host for your website, cheap or not.
Web hosting services seem to switch between unlimited and unmetered when it comes to storage and bandwidth with little explanation. If you read the fine print of each host’s Terms and Conditions, you’ll usually find the answer.
If your storage is unlimited, it often comes with strings attached. For example, if you use too many resources on a shared server, relative to others on the server, the web server may ask you to delete files from your site.
Unmetered bandwidth usually means that the hosting company isn’t paying much attention to the number of visitors to your site, but if you exceed a certain number, say, 300,000 in a month, the host may ask you to upgrade to a private server. virtual (VPS).
Even when you find a web host that promises 100% uptime, unlimited storage, or $1 per month, you can change the terms at any time. It’s a good idea to read any changes a web host makes to its policies to make sure it’s still a good fit for your website’s needs.
It is common to see 99.90% to 100% uptime in web hosting marketing. What difference does .10% make? First, those uptime guarantees do not apply to scheduled maintenance downtime. If you notice your site is down, but the web server told you it was going to happen, it doesn’t count. Unplanned downtime is when hosting companies struggle to get service back because they owe many people months for free otherwise.
If your website is only up 99.90% of the time, that’s the equivalent of 44 minutes of downtime per month. Increase that uptime to 99.99% of the time and you might have about 4 minutes of downtime per month.
Server location may affect website speed for some users. If you have a bakery in Chicago, the majority of your site visitors are likely to be local, so you’ll want to choose a host with servers in the central United States. Server location shouldn’t affect search engine optimization (SEO), so it shouldn’t affect your search engine ranking. However, some experts disagree and believe that server location can affect rankings.
If you’re doing your due diligence, you may have noticed the word inodes in a web hosting company’s policies. An inode is a data structure that includes all the attributes of a file. Includes information about a file or directory, such as the file name, permissions, and the time it was last changed. Sometimes web hosts don’t limit storage, but limit the number of inodes (HostGator limits inodes to 100,000 for shared plans).