1 Year Hosting vs 3 Year Hosting

by naklua
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Hi. Newbie here. Trying to decide between one or three year hosting. With one year hosting, I take the risk of paying higher renewal fees. But with one year hosting, easier to cut my losses if there is an unforeseen problem.

Has anyone had situations in their early days where they wished they had chosen a different hosting length option?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mysio123
    I would rather go for one year first and see how the service is. May be you can tend for 3 years after that.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Originally Posted by naklua View Post

    Hi. Newbie here. Trying to decide between one or three year hosting. With one year hosting, I take the risk of paying higher renewal fees. But with one year hosting, easier to cut my losses if there is an unforeseen problem.

    Has anyone had situations in their early days where they wished they had chosen a different hosting length option?
    It soley depends on you. I would personally go with yearly plan and do not go with long term until I have full confident on my hosting providers. If you don't like your hosting provider, You can change or transfer your site to another host. Whether in long terms contracts you cannot move to another hosting provider however there services are very poor.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Do they have a MONTHLY membership? You would be better off going that way.

    With a 3 years membership fee you never know if that hosting company will be around so you also want to think about that.
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    • Profile picture of the author feedmemoreadscom
      If the hosting company disappears after the payment is made to renew the domain with them I would seek a charge back for that payment with the cc company.


      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Do they have a MONTHLY membership? You would be better off going that way.

      With a 3 years membership fee you never know if that hosting company will be around so you also want to think about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author feedmemoreadscom
    If you see potential in your site then renewing it for 3 or more years should be the way to go. The income you would make from your site would more than make up for the cost of renewing it for x amount of years.

    Now if it is an experimental site and you are unsure of how it is going to perform then renew it for just the year until it starts earning for you consistently.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hiep Le
    Did you search around to see what people said about your hosting provider? If they say good + you think you will keep your service up to more than 3 years... let go with 3 year package.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    3 years is an awfully long time. Even a year sounds long to me.

    I have one account that I pay quarterly. All my others I pay monthly.

    If you are just starting out, I would go for the shortest billing period and upgrade later. Assuming you still want to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Darlinton Omeh
    Monthly billing circle is the best option for any hosting. The reason being that anything could go wrong at anytime and you may decide to move. No one hosting company should be able to hold you down (despite poor services) because you have 1-3 years contract in place - your site's performance is too important to risk in that direction.

    By the way, I have an established site for sale. Not sure the niche you are building your site on, but if its related to Celebrity news, then I have a site you wouldn't want to miss. See it at Constative.com

    I use LiquidWeb VPS. Though pricey but their support team is probably the best I've ever seen in the hosting industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author ksummers
    I'm with hostgator who send me a yearly bill that keeps going up and up inexplicably for the same package. Since I've been with them for years and don't think they are going to disappear anytime soon, I'd consider tying myself into a 3 year plan.

    However, if you are new to a hosting provider I agree about testing the waters with a monthly plan first.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    the one that suits your needs. nobody here can answer these types of questions.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sayemm
    If you're a newbie simply go to #Namecheap & grab their 1year shared hosting packages!

    For now best in the town.
    I just love their super support.

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author atulsha
    1 year vs 3 yr

    Lot depends on

    1. shared, vps or dedicated server
    2. reputation of the hosting provider
    3. How soon you expect your site to make good traffic
    4. time you are willing to invest

    Even if the reputation of the provider is good doesn't necessarily mean they are that good , lot of reviews are paid as well. I have had from monthly to 4 year plan and i regret taking the 4 year plan and that was with a very good host as they have poor security on their shared server and i am not even bothered to take back refund for a year that is still left.

    If the host has really good reputation and standalone company not owned by a group recently go for a 18month to 2 year max, not more than that
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    You can normally get very good discounts if you pay yearly (you may even find sales teams for hosting companies trying to get you to switch to yearly at a steep discount if you sign up for monthly).

    If you're serious then yearly (1 year) is a sensible option that will bag you a discount on your hosting vs monthly fees. There's no need in my opinion to sign up for 3 years in advance.

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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    If this decision is seriously holding you up, I don't see how you are ever going to make it online.

    The savings for 3 year hosting usually is not all that significant, so if you are unsure if your site will be around in 3 years and that worries you just buy the 1 year hosting and be done with it. Move on. It's not that complicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author dcbeckster
    It's like anything else per se'. I'd go with one year and see how the uptime ratio is, the customer service, the speed, etc. etc. and if all these meet your expectations and needs then scale up from there. You don't want to be locked into a long term arrangement until you know for sure how it's going to perform. It's almost like marriage, you date a girl first and get to know her before you enter into a long term commitment..... Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by naklua View Post

    Hi. Newbie here. Trying to decide between one or three year hosting. With one year hosting, I take the risk of paying higher renewal fees. But with one year hosting, easier to cut my losses if there is an unforeseen problem.

    Has anyone had situations in their early days where they wished they had chosen a different hosting length option?
    I wouldn't want to commit to the 3 year without knowing how their service is. If you do, make sure you have referrals and learn about them to make sure they fit your needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author robsterhews
    When you are looking at different companies to use for your hosting plan there are many things to consider. Your question is about how long of a contract you should sign with a hosting company when you are starting out.


    The answer to this question is really dependent on your needs. Many hosting companies will offer a trial plan for a month or discounted rates for signing up for longer time frames. Your question was about signing up for a single year or a three year plan.


    To make this decision look at the overall savings of the 3 year plan. Is it really worth the upfront cost to sign up for this long of a plan? Are you sure you are going to want to keep your site for 3 years? Are you building a site just to sell it? If that is the plan signing up for a 3 year plan does not make sense. Even if you can transfer the site to the new owner through the web host, chances are that the buyer will have/want to choose their own hosting plan.


    Generally speaking a one year plan is often the best option. This will give you an entire year to determine whether or not the host is going to work for your particular needs. The cost for a one year plan is typically not that much more than what it would be for the 3 year plans as the discount are often not that significant.


    If the host offers a monthly plan, the price might be higher, but it might be worth signing up for it just to try it out to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tuned Hosting
    Originally Posted by naklua View Post

    Hi. Newbie here. Trying to decide between one or three year hosting. With one year hosting, I take the risk of paying higher renewal fees. But with one year hosting, easier to cut my losses if there is an unforeseen problem.

    Has anyone had situations in their early days where they wished they had chosen a different hosting length option?
    When I was shopping for hosting I would always use a monthly plan first and see how the service was, then go for a longer term package...

    I won't say much other than there are great deals out there for hosting, you just have to take a look around, it also depends on what level of hosting you really need as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author vps9
    Go For annual Hosting plan. Check whether they provide same amount of resources, discount price, high uptime, reliable and effective Customer support then subscribe for 2 more year.
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  • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyAM
    3 year hosting is batter then 1 year hosting i think. You try to go with 3 year old hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author namehero
    Ultimately it depends how much ROI you're going to be generating from your website.

    If you have a slimmer margin, then you'd want to commit to a longer hosting contract. If you have more room to give, you could start with a year and then upgrade to increase your margin gradually.

    Personally, I'm always looking for ways to squeeze extra ROI so I can have much higher ad-budgets to fuel my growth.
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