If you are running an affiliate website or any other type of business website then hosting services is a must for you. But, are any of them better than the other? Having been in the construction industry for over ten years as an electrician I have worked along side of people who were installing the fiber optics cables and ran many of them myself in commercial buildings. So, when it comes to who is the best provider, it can be tricky to figure out what’s the best way to go. And that’s because hosting services and claiming to be the best is really just a bunch of marketing tactics.
But, let’s assume that we look online and check out a hosting provider like Host Gator. The name itself reads like they are the all powerful web hosting provider and that they are the best in the business. However, sometimes these bigger companies can have some faults in their service and support mainly due to overload from customer service request and changes in the way they provide services. But let’s keep going here.
Host Gator offers some decent hosting packages though priced pretty cheaply but be sure to look at the fine print. I went to this platform and wanted to see about how much this cost. For the first month on the recommended hosting it cost 2.78 per month which is pretty cheap for shared hosting. Here is the page for the all the hosting services packages.
You can see that the Hatchling package is very cheap and looks to be a pretty good deal. But, keep in mind this is for hosting alone and not for any site builder, SSL certificate or domain. It’s what holds all of your data and is on a shared server meaning other websites share the same platform. This is common and dedicated servers will cost you much much more.
Now, if I go and click buy on the Hatchling package I find that another window pops up which gives me the pricing for three years of hosting. But in the dropdown menu I can see that it has the option to buy monthly or every six months at an increase of at least 300% at $10.95 a month! Wow, wasn’t expecting that! Take a look at what the checkout page looks like below.
For a shared hosting service this is a bit more than I would want to pay monthly so even the yearly is more than double the original price I was quoted on the main sales page. Not exactly deceptive advertising but not really what one would expect either. There you have just a quick run down on the Host Gator hosting services and the pricing.
Now, I will say that this provider does have a decent review rating which is good. I also do think they are a fairly high quality hosting service. I noticed that they have a number of upgrades like protecting your hosting and other options that I personally probably wouldn’t opt for. I got the impression that they were really hooked on the whole up sell thing and that for me was a turn off unfortunately. I mean we are talking hosting here. Not a training platform or website platform. That, you would have to purchase separately.
Ok, so I need hosting, domain and a site builder on one platform. I also need the SSL certificate and I need a keyword tool to look up words for my content. I also need some training on how to write effective content and how to market that content as an affiliate marketer. How much do you think all of that would cost? $100.00? $200.00 a month? Would you believe some providers could charge you thousands of dollars a year for all of that? It’s true so it’s best to do your homework because you can find all I mentioned above at a much cheaper rate. And I found the way to do it. Take a look at the hosting services I get with what I use.
You’re reading this blog which is hosted by a very powerful hosting provider that is comparable to providers that charge anywhere from $200.00 to $300.00 per month. And in the two years I have been using the platform provider I use I have had one time when this website went down and it was back up in minutes once I contacted the tech support. Minutes not hours. It is the best hosting I have ever had on my websites…ever.
I also get everything I mentioned above like the site builder, SSL ceritficate, domain, keyword tool, etc. The cost? I pay just $49.00 per month for everything. I also get full affiliate marketing training which is constantly updated and access to a support base that’s unmatched anywhere. If you have read any of my blogs you will see that I use the Wealthy Affiliate’s platform which has over 800,000 members and growing at an amazing rate. This is the new age of digital marketing and these guys know what they are doing. Host Gator is fine if all you need is hosting but for those who need the whole website building package you need to go for a service that provides just that.
I would recommend you shop around for hosting before committing because you’re bound to find some good deals. And if you’re looking for more that that then definitely consider checking out the platform I use. I have been a member going into my third year and it has served me well.
Newbie Affiliate marketers are joining the Wealthy Affiliate platform daily and it’s not uncommon to log on and see people joining every few minutes. It really is that powerful of a platform. And I’m not talking young people only. In fact people from all walks of life join and begin to build a website that has the potential to make them a lot of money in a relatively short time if they work hard. By working hard I’m talking about what I am doing here, writing blogs, offering information and services and or products that can help new entrepreneurs.
Gone are the days of working for a company for 20 to 30 years and retiring with a gold watch. Who really wants to retire anyway? In the United States there are almost half of the population that is on some kind of retirement, disability or pension. Social Security pays an average of $1200.00 a month. And people manage to live on that. So, it’s no surprise so many people are joining platforms that enables them to make an income online by promoting affiliate products.
Hosting is important for business but it’s just the tip of the iceberg if you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur. If you want the full site builder, hosting and all the tools you need to start your own web business I would suggest checking out the Wealthy Affiliate. If anything check it out to get the hosting which is included free on the platform.
Here’s To Your Success!
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