Is cheaper better?
As we said before, when it comes to web hosting service, usually the rule “you get what you pay for” does apply. Nowadays most free web service providers, will impose a limit on how much traffic your site can use per month. This means when some of the content, like images from your site have been loaded enough times in one month, the service provider will disable him. There is no specific rule as to how much you should take, but in general a 50 MB limit might be too small for anything other than a personal web page, while 10GB might be way too much. Most starting sites use from 1-3 GBs per month.
But then again that does not instantly mean that the only thing you should check for is the price tag and ignore all others. You should be well informed about what your specific needs are and what the potential web host service is offering you, and also what the competition is offering you, before you sign up for anything. The knack is finding the optimum combination of what suits you and what the web host service is offering without paying too much for it. Keep in mind that you should also always read the fine print, some web service hosts will try to bundle up as many websites as they can on the space they have, which might lead to some slowness or even instability during rush hours, for a business site this is unacceptable. Sometimes deals that seem good are only good until you find the catch, bear in mind they are in the business of making money, not giving out good deals with no interest for them. On the other hand, just because something is more expensive does not necessarily mean the quality of service is better, they might just be resellers who offer same service like the original host but more expensive, and with slower technical support access.
In addition, the thing you should consider is search engine management. As some people refer to it we live in the “Google era”, which means that every word you put in your site is important in order for your site to be ahead of their similar sites in the search engines, because after all that is why most web sites are for, to be seen and used as much as possible. For anything larger then a personal web site, it is important to have ongoing indexing service, which is hard if you have limited hardware resources or if they are stretched too thin between several servers. Some servers have low CPU limitations that are to be used for indexing service in case of server overloads. While this is something that you do not specifically see, while slowness of servers you do, this is also very important (arguably even more important) for growing sites, if you plan to get visitors through the search engines.
In conclusion, you see that there is much more to choosing a hosting service than just price. We have tried to show you the many faces of web hosting and to present you with a guide of the most important criteria when looking for the right place to host your site and hopefully you will make the right choice and use just the right thing you need for your company or your personal site.