One who is having even little bit knowledge for hosting knows that this service can be availed for free or for several hundred dollars. But the question is what’s the difference? The answer is quite shocking often times if one is talking about typical shared web hosting in the $6 to $20 range then nothing. Except for good old fashioned marketing and hype. That’s it!
In a survey conducted on 5 well known shared hosting accounts to see exactly what’s the difference between free web hosting and paid web hosting the results that came out are quite shocking. The survey was conducted keeping in mind the factors like requirement for a basic site like adequate disk space, ample email accounts, and reasonable bandwidth. After looking on all the other bells and whistles the result was there were not many who were really willing to pay loads extra for them. Also the term taken was not long but a short term say monthly or quarterly.
Verio’s Bronze Plan –
Monthly Price (including set up fees) – $24.95 per month + free setup
Basic Specs – 250 MB of disk space, 7.5 GB of bandwidth, and 20 email accounts
Extra’s – Web design software, free domain pointing, Urchin web stats, free chat software
Opinion – If this were 1998 one would have consider paying $24.95 for a package like this but, as its 2004 it’s not a good choice.
Interland’s b100 Account –
Monthly Price (including set up fees) – $12.95 per month + free setup
Basic Specs – 250 MB of disk space, 10 GB of bandwidth, and 30 email accounts
Extra’s – Web Trends web stats, access to log files, firewall protection
Opinion – In hosting this is considered as one of the biggest brands in hosting and even their prices have came down but still it is expensive in comparison to other competitors.
SuperbHosting’s U Power Service –
Monthly Price (including set up fees) – $12.50 per month + free setup
Basic Specs – 1000 MB of disk space, 50 GB of bandwidth, and 250 email accounts
Extra’s – Free domain, 30-day money backs guarantee, daily data backups, and free search engine submission, no content restrictions
Opinion – Mid-tier is the well-known hosting service that seems to offer considerably more value.
Monthly Price (including set up fees) – $9.95 per month + $30 setup
Basic Specs – 800 MB of disk space, 40 GB of bandwidth, and 400 email accounts
Extra’s – $50 Google AdWords credit, money back guarantee, SSL included, unlimited email forwarding
Opinion – It is considered as one of the low priced hosting leader. They are really cheap with offering services for mere price of $7.95 per month.
HostSave Standard Hosting –
Monthly Price (including set up fees) – $8.95 per month + free setup
Basic Specs – 1000 MB of disk space, 100 GB of bandwidth, and 500 email accounts
Extra’s – Free MySQL database, catch-all email address, PERL v5, log file access
Opinion – This can be considered as one of the best deal for the fulfillment of basic needs. The advantage is that they are having a big brand name and all the features one requires plus the MySQL database.
Thus it can be concluded that one can pay a lot for basic shared web hosting but it can be availed with a low price as well. However there are certain special features which justifies paying extra but overall as it is all hard earned money conclusion is cheaper is better.