Web Hosting: Try Before You Buy

by Ed Tsunoda on April 25, 2014

It sounds simple, but so few people (or companies even) do, before they commit big money – sometimes $hundreds/mo for a two year deal for a dedicated server – to a company they’ve never worked with before. Here’s a great tip: Narrow your web search down to 2 or 3 or 4 companies, and then setup their entry level account and try them out for $3.99 or $50/mo, before you commit your whole project/company/internet presence to one vendor for two years.

You’ll know in a week if their ad claims are true, what the “real price” is after you sign up, how tech support works, whether anyone answers the phone, or the live chat, or the e-mail. Everything you need to know, for under $100.

One month. You can cancel the account if they stink. Set up a WordPress blog, type some stuff into it. Set up an e-mail account. See how fast/slow the server/support response times are.

Then you’ll know.

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