Precision Ranking | Final Ranking is based 50% on Users' Ratings and 50% on our Lab Tests | Last Updated 23-Mar-2010
Other Web Hosting Companies
Infinology
Lunarpages
Startlogic
Ipowerweb
Powweb
Yahoo
Midphase
Netfirms
Interland
Jumpline
button About Upperhost

Upperhost is an independent business web hosting review web site. We rate hosting companies based on past user feedbacks, lab benchmark testing, and our usage with each website hosting company. If you would like to submit your company for review, please select the submit button located on top of this page.

Our Mission is to Test, Inform and Inform the potential web hosting consumers and businesses. We accept no advertisements or donations from any web hosting company.
web arrow Web Hosting Articles
Issues with cheap web hosting
Web Hosting Location
Business Online Hosting Ethics
Starting your own web business
Needs of a adult web host
Future of web hosting
Customer WEb Hosting Support
Web Hosting Influence
Workings of hosting server
E-Commerce web hosting of tomorrow
Support claims of web hosting companies
Purchasing business hosting on price
Web Development Tips
FeaturePrice Web Hosting Fiasco
Web Hosts Ethics
POP3 vs. IMAP E-mail Service
Switching Web Hosts
Maximizing the business value of domain
Personal Website Hosting
Sub-Domain & Regular Web Hosts
Enhancing Customers' experience
Domain Names & Brand Recognition
New Host for the New Years
How Servers Work
web arrow Web Hosting Companies Directory
Letter A-C Web Hosting Companies
Letter D- F Web Hosting Reviews
Letter G - H Web Hosts
Letter I-K Web Hosting Comparisons
Letter L-P Web Hosting Companies
Letter Q - T Web Hosting
Letter U - Z Web Hosting Companies
Letters A - H Web Hosting (2004)
Letter K - R Web Hosts (2004)
Letter S - Z Web Hosting (2004)
Website Hosting Reviews
Miscellaneous Customer Hosting Reviews
web arrow Web Hosting Essentials
  Listing of Common Web Hosting Terms
  Bandwidth offerings of Web Hosting Companies
  Commitment & Billing Issues
  Business hosting tips
  Evolving State of Hosting
  Managed Hosting Services
  Getting right domain for your business
  steps before signing up for hosting account
  virtual private servers and web hosting
  web site monitoring services
  Searching for a web hosting company
  UNIX vs. Windows web hosting
  Windows 2003 vs. Unix hosting
  Choosing the right web host
  Cheap web hosts are not all the same
  Getting to know the basics of web hosting
  When you need to get dedicated server
  Getting to really understand web hosting
  Web hosts, what to consider & to avoid
  Webpage designing tips & help
  PPC Engine effectiveness for your website
  Getting right domain for your business
  steps before signing up for hosting account
  virtual private servers and web hosting
  web site monitoring services
  Web Hosting Services
  The cost of using Free Web hosting
  Transferring website from one host to another
  Website Hosting Conversion Rate
  Web Hosts Spam in business
  Importance of Domain Name
  Web site hosting customer service
  Web hosting network
  Resellers for Web Hosts
  Internet Business opportunities
  Web Hosting Resellers or real web hosting
  Top web hosting
  Choosing Windows 2003 for Web Hosting
  Hosting for mature websites
Toughest Reviews on the internet since 1999
 
Final Score is based on speed, reliability and customer service.
 
100% Independent Review. No Advertisements Ever
 
 
         
 
 

Are all cheap web hosts the same?

By Staff
           

You’ve seen all the ads on the net, I’m sure, offering web hosting plans for as little as $5.95 per month. You get excited at the prospect of finding a web host to host your business site because you figure that it won'’ cost an arm and a leg after all. These types of offers for cheap web hosting are made from so called “budget hosting” providers and while the cost may be in your ball park, the services that they offer may not be adequate to support a business presence on the web.

Any hosting service that costs less than $10 per month falls into the category of budget or cheap hosting because of the low monthly price. They usually offer only one-year plans but there are some that will allow monthly payment plans. The thing to look for here are hidden setup fees that are charged by many of these cheap host providers.

The first thing that you need to do if you have your mind set on finding the lowest cost hosting provider possible is to evaluate several of them before making your selection.  Begin by searching the web for them and make a list of several that you want to check out in more detail. Next, visit their web sites and pay particular attention to their landing page (the first page you will see).

         When you first view the home page you need to ask yourself the following questions.

         Does it have a professional appearance? If not, chances are they could be a “fly by night” business who may just take your money and run.

         Do you get a sense of credibility for the company by what you see on this page? If you don’t feel that they are a credible, reliable business, don’t do business with them. Go with your gut instinct here and keep searching.

         Can you navigate the site quickly and easily and find all the information that you need? This is important because if you can’t get through the site easily and find the answers to all your questions you are better off searching for a host that is not afraid to spell everything out upfront instead of one that makes you dig for the information.

         Do they have all their contact information readily displayed? This is extremely important especially if you need to contact the host provider in an emergency situation. It is especially beneficial if they also post an “800” number for technical support or specifically for emergencies. This gives you a sense that they are willing to make themselves available around the clock and are open to responding to your needs.

         Do they list information of a satisfaction guarantee for uptime or getting your money back if not satisfied with their service? Choose a host provider that offers a solid money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with their service. It is also important to make sure that they offer a solid “uptime” guarantee especially if you are trying to run an Internet business. You can’t have your site down or you will lose business, it’s that simple! Look at their record for “down time” of their servers. Any good host provider whether they are budget hosts or more expensive host providers should never have more than 87-hours of server down time per year or roughly 7-hours or less per month. They should be up and functional 99% of the time.

         Do they spell out the type of administrative, marketing or technical support that they will provide? These along with several other after sale support factors should be weighed carefully You should find out if after they get your business, just what services in the customer satisfaction area do they provide. Many provide various types of resources such as free scripts, marketing tools and account setup assistance. You need to know just what you can expect to receive if you choose them.

These are very important points to evaluate when considering signing on with a budget host provider. They are also key factors that need to be considered especially if you are looking to a provider to host a business site vs. a personal site. 

Remember that just because a host provider offers a low cost service doesn’t mean that you can’t expect to get quality features and support to fully maintain your business on the net. The trick is to find a budget host provider that can meet all your needs for the price.

 

 

 

 
     
Copyright 1999-2011 Upperhost Independent Business Web Hosting Reviews & quality comparisons. All rights are reserved.  
Let us help you find the perfect  web site hosting provider for your business or personal needs whether you need cheap or premium hosting