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Here in Thunder Bay, too many businesses have come to us who have been overpaying for their website hosting. If you want the absolute honest truth about hosting, here it is:

When it comes to where your website lives, you often get what you pay for and you probably shouldn’t jump ship if you’re happy with your current provider. But a lot of companies are overpaying significantly for hosting accounts that either offer way more than what’s needed or are just generally overpriced.

Everyone who has a website also has a hosting environment, even if they’re not aware of it! If you own a website, your hosting environment could be included in your website service, or it could be that it’s managed separately. Regardless, hosting is something that affects every website owner and, unfortunately, it’s a pretty vague topic most of the time. People aren’t always sure what hosting options they have, how their hosting is affecting their website’s performance, or how much they should be paying for their hosting.

So, how much should you be paying for your website hosting? Hosting prices vary from free to quite a bit of money per month. Choosing how robust your hosting environment is (and how much you pay every month) should mainly be based on how much traffic your website has. If you have only have a few website visitors per day, a lower-cost hosting plan could work fine for you. If you have a few hundred or thousand visitors per day, then a medium-cost hosting plan could be your best bet. And, if you have upwards of hundreds of thousands of visitors per day, then you’ll need some powerful, pricier resources to keep your website running smoothly.

The two major considerations when choosing a hosting package are bandwidth and storage space. How much you need of each depends on the type of website you are building. The bandwidth refers to how much traffic or visitors your website can handle. Simply put, your bandwidth is the amount of gigabytes of data your website can transfer from your hosting provider to your users in a one month period. When considering storage or disk space, you will need to consider what kind of website you have. A static HTML website will need less disk space than a page that houses a large photo gallery, streaming audio or a user database for example.

So what do I need to be spending? For most businesses who aren’t big business, $5-10 per month is a safe bet. The bigger the website, the more bandwidth and storage you need, so paying a bit more is completely worth it. Those free and $1.99 per month hosting site may catch your eye, but you will grow out of it quickly and it isn’t really worth the headache of inferior customer service or fighting with frustrating ads. Stay away from the big packages unless you are a web developer and will be hosting a ton of websites or you are planning on being the next Facebook with many of user accounts which will be doing a great deal of uploading data like pictures, videos, users etc.  

Businesses often overpay because the costs usually don’t stick out like a sore thumb, but little things do add up. Every $50 you can save monthly, for instance, adds up to $600 over the course of a year. That may not seem like a lot but if somebody offered you an extra $600 today, you’d probably be pretty happy, right? As they say, a penny saved is a penny earned. At BrickHost we offer lower rates than other hosting companies and make sure our customers don’t pay more than they should. Contact us today for more information or check out our hosting packages below and find the perfect fit for your business.