What is the difference between cheap and expensive host domains?

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I am wondering why other host domains offered a very cheap monthly price and others are very expensive.

My existing blog is in cheap host domain, is that effective or not? I have my other domain/website that I wanted to transfer to the cheapest one, would it be good?

Please give me idea I am new to having websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    The main differences between cheap and expensive, with hosting, relate to things like these ...
    • overall reliability ("down-time")
    • the speed of availability of help/support
    • the skills/knowledge of the help-desk workers
    • how congested the servers are (can affect loading-time, quantity of traffic that can be handled, and so on)
    • ease and speed of fixing things that go wrong unexpectedly, and so on ...
    It tends to be "when things go wrong" that you find out how good/bad a hosting company is.

    Be aware that all these things are only generalizations: there are some pretty good cheap-ish hosts, and there are some really awful expensive ones, too. Price does correlate - to some extent - with the quality of the service provided, but that's "overall", and there are clearly exceptions.

    For myself, if buying hosting, I would stay well away from GoDaddy, 1and1, and any hosting companies owned by EIG (that includes HostGator and about 40 other companies!). Just my perspective.

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    • Profile picture of the author alrenpages
      If that is so, we cannot determine which is the good one unless we have tested it already. But I wanted to know a good one that could handle a huge traffic. Are those cheap ones don't have this category?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by alrenpages View Post

        If that is so, we cannot determine which is the good one unless we have tested it already.
        You can't determine it from first-hand experience, no. Only from reading what other people say (ignoring incentivized promoters, of course).

        Originally Posted by alrenpages View Post

        But I wanted to know a good one that could handle a huge traffic. Are those cheap ones don't have this category?
        Mostly, I suspect they probably don't. You'll need to pay at least "average prices" for a high-reliability service that can easily handle "huge traffic", I think.

        This site might be worth a look http://www.webhostingjury.com

        (Personally, I would still stay away from EIG companies, even if recommended there. Arvixe has a very good reputation, everywhere I look, at the moment.)
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      • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
        Originally Posted by alrenpages View Post

        If that is so, we cannot determine which is the good one unless we have tested it already. But I wanted to know a good one that could handle a huge traffic. Are those cheap ones don't have this category?
        If you are looking for a host for a website with a huge amount of traffic, bear in mind that you'll need a dedicated server, not a shared server regardless of whether it's a cheap or expensive host.
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        • Profile picture of the author alrenpages
          Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

          If you are looking for a host for a website with a huge amount of traffic, bear in mind that you'll need a dedicated server, not a shared server regardless of whether it's a cheap or expensive host.
          How to determine that the one host domain is dedicated server or shared server? I am afraid that my website which is hosted by a cheap one is in shared server only.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by alrenpages View Post

            How to determine that the one host domain is dedicated server or shared server?
            All serious hosting companies sell hosting on both shared and dedicated servers. The prices are enormously different. See some hosting company's websites, to "spot the difference".

            For example, shared hosting at HostGator starts at under $4 per month. Their dedicated server hosting starts at $139.00 per month. Because you're renting a whole server, not just a little space on one. Clearer, now?
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          • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
            Originally Posted by alrenpages View Post

            How to determine that the one host domain is dedicated server or shared server? I am afraid that my website which is hosted by a cheap one is in shared server only.
            You only need shared hosting when you don't receive too much traffic on your sites. If you don't have thousands of visitors a day i wouldn't worry too much about that.

            Just make sure if your site grows that you check your bandwith and cpu usage so you don't overdo it and they block your account. In other words, be prepared if your business grows.

            The price difference for shared hosting isn't too big though for most companies. The most important thing is reliablilty and support, and that's worth paying a few bucks more for.
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            • Profile picture of the author alrenpages
              Originally Posted by JensSteyaert View Post

              You only need shared hosting when you don't receive too much traffic on your sites. If you don't have thousands of visitors a day i wouldn't worry too much about that.

              Just make sure if your site grows that you check your bandwith and cpu usage so you don't overdo it and they block your account. In other words, be prepared if your business grows.

              The price difference for shared hosting isn't too big though for most companies. The most important thing is reliablilty and support, and that's worth paying a few bucks more for.
              For example my site has grown to thousands of visits daily. Can I transfer my whole website from shared server to a dedicated server without any problem?
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              • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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                Originally Posted by alrenpages View Post

                For example my site has grown to thousands of visits daily. Can I transfer my whole website from shared server to a dedicated server without any problem?
                It's not easy for others here to predict what you might have a problem with, but I do think that if you have thousands of daily visitors, you might find it preferable to pay a little more than $1 per month for hosting: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post9410489

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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    The saying that you get what you pay for applies here. Expensive hosts are more reliable, have better customer support, offer more features, and your websites will load faster. Cheap hosts on the other hand are usually characterised by their lack of adequate support, constant downtimes, and slower loading times for websites hosted on their servers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by aspic791 View Post

      Price differences can be explained for the following reasons:
      If you're going to copy and paste from another site, at least have the courtesy to reference your source.

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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I've reported that one and a collection of his other posts, Frank. I think he's just trying to get as many posts on the board as possible, as quickly as possible. His posts seem to be a mixture of things pasted-in from the web, and the "thanks for sharing" type of post, and other "shorties" which show that he hasn't even read the threads he posts in. He'll be gone soon enough?
          Yep. I've just spotted that his sig links are affiliate links straight to various WSOs.


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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    I've had bad experiences with some of the best known hosting companies. Down time, screw ups. I switched to a small company who charges $10 a month (shared hosting) and all my problems went away. If I need help, they answer the support tickets within minutes. When my sites were hacked, they fixed them for me within an hour. If you want good customer service, it might be better to go to the smaller companies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Ray
    Cheap or expensive, the best hosting to get is the one that will keep your site up as much as possible and help protect your hard work from the occasional hacker. Good customer service is always a must as well.

    I have seen several companies that were good get bought out and turn to junk. Poor support and their security measures lacking made it a nightmare for customers.

    Don't get left out. If you see significant changes in your host behavior try and reach out to them. If you don't like their response (Or they fail to respond) then pack up and move on.
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