After choosing the right URL, hosting is the most important thing to get right when it comes to setting up your online empire. After all, if you don’t get it right you can end up with a lot of down time time and that is the last thing that you want. Firstly if your website is not online when someone comes to it, they are very unlikely to return, but secondly when it comes to SEO, the search engines will not rank your site well if it is constantly offline. Luckily, there are a huge number of affordable hosting companies that offer a good, reliable service, yet will not cost you a fortune. Even a dedicated server will not cost you a fortune of you choose the right one. If you want to make savings on your hosting, here are some idea that might help you.
Most of the big firms such as 123reg, Godaddy and Names.co.uk have regular promotions when they will slash the price of domain registration and hosting. If you are looking for a lot of new urls, then this is the time to get them as you can often pick up the first years registration for as little as 99p. When it comes to hosting, a lot of the time companies will run sales where they offer one or two months free, and this really does bring the yearly price for hosting down.
Pay Annually, Not Monthly
It can be tempting to pay for hosting on a monthly basis if you are on a small budget, but in the long term this definitely does not make good business sense. When you pay annually, almost all hosting companies offer a discount, and another positive to this is that it also makes doing your accounting at the end of the year a lot easier. I find it best to use PayPal, as paying by credit card causes problems when you card expires. The last thing that you want to have to do is constantly be updating payment details with your hosting company.
The vast majority of hosting companies issue coupon codes on a regular basis, as this seems to be one of their preferred methods of promotion. Make sure that you do not overlook that box on the check out form that says ‘apply coupon’, and do a quick online search of codes to you. Some of the best sites I have found coupons on inclue Fliggo, Coupon Follow and Deals Time.
Join Their Affiliate Programme
If you are promoting other offers on your website and are signed up to an affiliate network, try and join the affiliate programme of a few different hosting companies. If they accept you, yo can purchase you package through your own affiliate link and get the commission yourself. Be sure that you check the individual terms and conditions of the company before you do this, because some firms may not allow you to buy using your own links.
Don’t Be Afraid To Switch Host
Many people are afraid to switch their web host as they think it will be too costly, difficult and time consuming. However this is not the case, so if you find that you host as put the price up and you are paying more than you should be, it is time to shop around for a new one. If you do decide to switch over, you site will hopefully only be offline for a few hours, and if you plan to do it in the middle of the night, it will have minimum impact. Also, if you tell your current host that you are leaving, there is a chance that they might bend over backwards to keep you. It never harms to ask anyway.