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10 Sneaky Tricks of Cheap Web Hosting Companies


If you thought all those billions of web pages are hosted on

expensive and full service web hosting companies, you need to

cross check your information sources again. Of course, there are

free or cheap web hosting companies that provide basic features

good enough for simple html pages. You can take the example of

some blog sites for these. But cheap (as cheap as $1.99 a month)

web hosting service is different as they claim to provide more than

the basic features which require huge infrastructures and funds to

maintain and remain in the business. How do cheap web hosting

companies attract business and what are their tricks?

Trick Number 1: The 24/7 toll-free number that a cheap web

hosting company will advertise on their website. Most of these

rarely work and those that do work seem to work only Monday to

Friday. They are there mainly to create a false impression. What

will you do on the weekend or after hours? You need a web

hosting company that provides real support.

Trick Number 2: E-mail contacts given, which give you a very nicely

worded (auto responder) response, requesting you to be patient

while promising that an appropriate web hosting executive is

handling your query. Don’t you want to talk to a real person at

some point? Email messages could go on forever with no

resolution in sight. Your time, in short supply, is valuable.

Trick Number 3: Unlimited emails in POP3 and SMTP which hardly

give any value to a small webmaster but can have a big impact on

your decision making. Cheap web hosting companies cannot

provide good email service. Yet, you need good email service so

that you can stay in contact with your customers. (better

service=more customers=more sales)

Trick Number 4: Cheap web hosting companies often make

promises of free downloads worth thousands of dollars. You can

check this offer only after you subscribe to their service. You

should be able to check out all aspects of an offer before making a

commitment, thus saving you valuable time and money.

Trick Number 5: The lure of freebies like all platform database

support, preinstalled server side scripts, site builders, templates

and SSL & ecommerce tools. In actuality, if these products are

provided by cheap web hosting companies, they are very limited.

Why limit your business from the start? You need a web hosting

company that will give you the tools you need to be successful

right out of the gate!

Trick Number 6: Domain registrars and sister companies of cheap

web hosting companies don’t allow editing DNS zone files and MX

records. Registrars talk about “name server management” when

they actually mean the exact opposite resulting in forced hosting

with them. You should be able to choose the services that you

want for your business. After all, who knows your business better

than you? Locking yourself in with a cheap web hosting company

forces you to do business their way. Don’t do it!

Trick Number 7: Artificially populating user forums is another way of

promoting their cheap web hosting business. Cheap web hosting

companies do this so you will think they have tons of satisfied

users. Really, you should rely on referrals to check out a web

hosting company’s services. This is the only real way to be sure

you’ll get the service you deserve.

Trick Number 8: Display of an unknown or little known award and

trying to impress you that they provide award winning service. Do

awards mean anything anymore these days? Better to rely on

actual comments from real customers.

Trick Number 9: Offering free integration of shopping carts and

payment gateways. Cheap web hosting companies do this

because they know that for many online businesses having access

to an online payment tool is a must. What you actually get is

PayPal, which is well known, and is not their product at all. Why

would you trust a web hosting company that would do this?

Trick Number 10: Free Marketing support. Of course they do it but

what they market vigorously is their site where your name might

be mentioned. Cheap web hosting companies will not do more

than this. In fact, they cannot. Are you paying for marketing your

business? Or theirs?

Being on the lookout for tricks such as these will keep you from

falling into the trap of thinking that cheap web hosting is good.

You can make a better choice for your business. You need a web

hosting company that provides real, complete services that help

improve your business. Do you want your business to be just a


Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for”.


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