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month to month webhostingWe’ve all seen it before.  Hosting companies will lure you in with promises of cheap hosting for as little as a few dollars per month.  So you add the package that suits your needs to your cart, only to find limited subscription options when you try to checkout.  Annual, biannual and even triannual subscription payment plans that add up to hundreds of dollars must be paid in order to continue.  Or worse yet, that great price only applies if you pay for years in advance.

There are several problems with this approach.  Firstly, if you have never used a particular hosting company before, you may find that they are subpar after a week or two of hosting.  Then you will have to fight them to get the rest of your money back.  Wasting precious time that could have been used to build and improve your new website.  They may not want to give it back at all, depending on the fine print in their terms of service.

Another reason is that this almost ensures you will be their customer for a long period of time, even in the face of stiff competition.  If they later offer a special or lower their price, you will be at a premium since they have you locked in at a predetermined rate.

Why do hosting companies do this?

It’s simple really.  They want you to commit to today’s price for a long time.  It helps their bottom line.  While hosting prices do fluctuate some, they generally decrease as technology becomes cheaper and more available.  We recommend an annual payment option only after you have thoroughly tested and built a relationship with a company.

Month to month hosting

In our opinion, a solid and ethical hosting company will offer a month to month payment option, alongside any annual billing options they may offer.  That is, if they are legitimate and have nothing to hide and not only trying to part you with your hard earned money.  Many will even offer you an account to test with for free, but only for a small amount of time. Read more…