Don’t Be Cheap with Your Web Hosting

Written by Marc on December 19th, 2008

One of the things that I try and teach the people that I work with (and share with you reading this blog) is that a mistake is good – as long as you learn from it.  If you don’t take something away from the incident, then you will continue to do the same thing over and over – if you do that in business, chances are you will fail.

But once in awhile, I get caught up in things and fail to follow my own advice.  This is something that affected me just this week, and the price of my choice is still being paid right at this moment.

You see, I decided that I could save myself some money and increase my profits if I changed hosting providers to one that was a little cheaper.  Sure, I don’t spend as much as some of you out there, but I was spending about $200 US per month, and I knew that I could do it for less.  Driven by price (not by reliability which the current host had done very well), I started to shop around for another web hosting provider.

I went with one that was cheaper than what I was using and offered SEO hosting for a good price.  In fact, it was the price that got my attention – it would shave $85 US per month off of my business expenses.

At first, things seemed to be good – in fact, I would go as far as saying the first month was great.  I thought to myself that I had made a good choice and that I was going to be able to enjoy the extra money that was going to be left in my pocket.

But I was wrong.

Problems started creeping up last week when the sites (about 40 of them) were down for an hour.  I thought that it might have been a bit of a hiccup, so I didn’t worry.

This week that changed, when my sites were down for almost a whole day.  The income from these sites plummeted (making next to nothing) and what was even more frustrating was that even the hosting company’s website was down too – all I could do was sit and wait.

After talking to a company rep once their site was back up, I was assured that there was going to be no more problems and things would be okay from now on.  But I was getting a bit worried and started to look for a new hosting company just in case.

I started moving some of the sites today and while I thought that things were going okay, the hosting company is down again.  How much money have I lost?  I don’t really want to think about it – I am just waiting patiently to move everything so that I can start making money again.

The lesson from all this is that the little money that I saved switching to a cheaper hosting company wasn’t a good idea at all – I should have just left everything the way that it was and focused on building my business instead of trying to save a couple of bucks.

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” – wisdom that I should have listened to.

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2 Responses to “Don’t Be Cheap with Your Web Hosting”

  1. Hi Marc,
    I’m sorry to hear you’ve had so many problems however, it is great that you are sharing your experiences.

    The loss of profit through downtime and poor accessibility is often underestimated or not considered by businesses, of any size. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Charly

  2. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog. I like your article above. It’s like “you get what you paid for”

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