When it comes to hosting, people often become confused about the true cost. The fact is, hosting can be very inexpensive if you shop around.
I have setup hosting for new clients who were previously getting bills from anywhere between €300 to €500 a year to host their website. Websites containing about 10 pages. Not exactly a monster of a website in terms of “space”.
An example if you will ….. One client of mine was issued two separate invoices for two websites he had from this “Hosting Company”. Now, these websites were very basic. Five pages each. No Flash. A few images but nothing Picasso would be panicking about. ;-)
The invoices were for €499 each and had “Complete Web Hosting” in the product description. In total it added up to €998, (Excluding VAT may I add!!) for hosting of two websites for 1 year. I seriously could not believe it was this much, and when I told my client the true cost of hosting, he was stunned, and was sorry he didn’t contact me sooner, as he had paid these invoices for the last three years, no questions asked.
So why did he pay? He paid because he was not educated on the technical aspects of hosting and assumed that his “Hosting Company” knew what they were talking about. I think this is the mistake most people make.
So, in yours truly came, armed with his Technical genius, as such. ;-) I signed him up to a “better” hosting company for a “complete hosting solution” at €94.80 for two years.
So if you add everything together, my client will actually save over €1900 in the next two years by moving to this new hosting provider, who give superior Technical Support in comparison to what my client had experienced with previously.
He was delighted. He could not thank me enough. We are, I’m afraid, still having problems with the transfer of the domain from the old company, but this just shows of the poor customer support that these so called “hosting companies” provide.
So why do some companies charge this extortionist amount to host a site? Because they can get away with it and if the client hasn’t been educated enough on the hosting, they will continue to get away with it and still get their €500 or so from their other customers, which, may I add, is simply wrong.
Hopefully this article will make people aware of the true costs of hosting. If you are getting a bill for over €400, then I think it is time to start shopping around, or better still, get in contact with me, where I will educate you and advise you on a hosting solution just for you and your business.