Ever heard the saying “Penny-wise and Dollar-foolish”?Well bargain priced website hosting may just represent the perfect example of watching a jar full of pennies while bucket loads of dollars fly out the window!

When I launched my first website way back in the “dark ages” of 1997 I paid almost $150 a month in hosting and data transfer charges.

My web host watched how many files I uploaded like a hawk and always seemed to send their hefty invoices earlier with each passing month.

I’m obviously not the only one who felt that way, because suddenly a whole industry of “bargain” web hosts sprang up all over the web.

On the surface they all sound great, especially when you think you can go from $150 a month down to $4.95 a month!

Five bucks a month sounds great, until you realize the amount of data transfer (number of page views) and bandwidth (the amount of data transfer your host allows in a 24 hour period) you get for that low price severely limits your ability to do business.

This realization – along with a panic attack and a quick lesson in how data transfer and bandwidth get calculated – usually comes at the least convenient time.

When you exceed your limits, a bargain host usually just shuts you down with no warning.

Most webmasters realize they’ve made a mistake by choosing a bargain host when their site suddenly gets shut down in the middle of a big promotion because of a traffic spike.
Believe me, everything just stops!

Here are a few bargain hosts that provide good service, but you really need to really check the fine print for how much bandwidth they allow.

www.FeaturePrice.com

For $24.95 a month you get to host up to six independent websites with a single account. You get unlimited data storage, unlimited email and a variety of other higher end services, but their bandwidth policy seems hard to understand.

www.HostSave.com

Host Save is another low price hosting company that delivers a wide range of services for only $6.95 per month. They recently raised their allowable data transfer, but their policy on how much bandwidth you can use at a given time seems non-existent.

www.DotEasy.com

For $25 DotEasy offers a domain name purchase along with one year’s hosting. Sounds incredible until you read the fine print to discover they limit you to 1 Gigabyte of data transfer a month. Not much data once you start getting reasonable site traffic.

The moral here? Either be prepared to have your business shut down mid-stream if you get successful, or pay a few extra bucks each month to ensure you have enough bandwidth and data transfer.

At a minimum, specifically ask and read the fine print about the host’s bandwidth and data transfer policies before it’s too late!

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Comments

  1. One thing we’ve found with New Zealand web hosts is that many have their servers based overseas.

    We’d recommend that you find out the physical location of your web host’s servers as many New Zealand Web Hosting providers host their servers offshore, usually in large data centres in the USA. If your target audience is local, then New Zealand based servers are a good choice. You’ll find your host easier to deal with if both the support team and data centre are in the same time zone. It also means faster access for your visitors making their visit to your site more enjoyable!

    Good luck in your search!

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  2. Bargain Blog says:

    I’ve heard a lot of bad stories about cheap web hosting. I’ve used a few cheap hosts and haven’t had any problems for low traffic sites. The thing that drives me nuts is getting an e-mail back. Of course, you won’t even find a telephone number on their website.

    If you’re looking for a solid NZ web hosting then go with Hosting Direct (google search: “hosting direct”). These guy are TOP NOTCH. And they ACTUALLY ANSWER THE PHONE! Highly recommended. I’ve got a few client sites with them now and I’m going to be moving a few mine over to them as well. If you don’t like what they have to offer (unlikely), you might want to check out “Clever Internet”. They are pretty good as well, but don’t offer as many goodies.

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  3. Good Hosting says:

    I would agree with ‘Bargain Blog’ many of the companies I’ve hosted with in the past have actually had servers located in the US. The problem is that the service can be interupted at anytime and you tend to get alot of spam! It’s important to check where the company is based and where their servers are! I would recommend ‘ASTRA WEB HOSTING’ – http://www.astra.net.nz, they are very good and completely based in NZ along with their Servers. Not to mention they always email back!
    Good Luck, hard market to play in thats for sure!

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  4. Competitive Reliable Hosting says:

    I would agree with both the guys above, I have been with many hosts over the years and have certainly had better reception from NZ or australian companies. Easier to deal with too. I recomend ‘Strategic Websites Hosting’ for smaller sites as pricing is more competitive, they are very reliable and completely NZ owned.

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