If you are asking who the cheapest web hosting provider is, then you are asking yourself the wrong question. Hey, you can find free web hosting, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Cheap doesn’t always equate itself with a bargain.
Finding cheap web hosting providers are actually quite easy. Whether they offer a quality service is another story all together. There have been countless fly by night hosting companies that have crashed and burned.
I also strongly recommend not using a free web hosting company. It’ll cause more harm than good. The vast majority are glitchy, slow, and unreliable. Most of these companies rely on getting customers due to the fact that they are offering a free service. The problem with that is, that is their only selling point. They don’t have the funds or the tools to keep the operation alive, and bam! you’re looking for new host.
One of the key features to look at is to make sure that the hosting company has been around for a little while. They don’t have to be around for decades, but you need to know that they have had enough of a history that you can trust. Everyday, fly by night web hosting companies close shop. Its fairly common in this industry.
Also, make sure to check what kind of reputation their customer service has. It is critical that they offer 24/7 customer support of some kind. After all your website is open 24 hours a day, therefore so should your hosting. You’re going to have to call them some time, so you want make sure that you are treated like a valued customer. If your website crashes, and you have to wait an hour to reach a live person, then chances are that hosting company is not right for you.
The most important aspect that you want to make sure the company has is reliable servers. Without that, there is no point in opening an account with them. The servers have to be fast and reliable. No one is going to wait at their computer while your website loads or nobody is going back to a website that has nothing but an internal server error on the page. This is bar none the most important thing to look at when choosing a hosting company. Everything else is just icing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you can’t find very good hosting companies that are also cheap. They are out there, but the most important thing to remember is that price shouldn’t be the number one criteria.