What does web hosting cost?

how much does web hosting costContinuing our video series on Web Hosting FAQs, in this video I answer the question, how much does web hosting cost?  However, there may bigger costs that are often overlooked?

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The simple answer is that web hosting can be anywhere from free to $30 a month.  There are lots of web hosting companies that charge about $5 a month for a web hosting account.

Unseen costs?

Since we’re talking about a difference of only a few dollars a month from one web hosting company to the next, the biggest cost you may experience may not be the monthly fee.  Consider the following…

Disabled accounts: If your web hosting company promises “unlimited” bandwidth and disk space, but then right when you are experiencing a big surge in traffic they shut your account down for “excessive use,” how much will that cost you in terms of lost visitors, customers or ministry opportunities?

Poor support: If you have a problem with your website but can’t get any help for 2 days because the web hosting company has outsourced and scaled back its support, how much will that cost you?

Un-Christian values: If you pay GoDaddy for your web hosting or domains, during last night’s Super Bowl, you got another reminder of what your money is funding.

The bottom line is that when there’s only a few dollars a month difference in price between various services, price is probably not the most important factor in the buying decision.

What do you think?

How important is price vs reliability, support, values or other factors in your web hosting decisions?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

7 Responses to “What does web hosting cost?”

  1. I'm a bluehost guy myself, but you should list some alternatives to GoDaddy.

    • PaulSteinbrueck Feb 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for the comment Justin. What where the biggest factors in your decision? Did faith or values play any role?

  2. Hi Paul! Can I hear your opinion about self hosting? thank you for advance!

    -Rick

  3. Great and very interesting blog. I think it’s also an informative. Thanks for sharing.

    • PaulSteinbrueck Aug 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for reading the post. In the future, please post your comments with your name rather than targeted keywords, so I know your comment is genuine and not simply a link building campaign.