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The risks of cheap Web Hosting

Web hosting – it’s not something that most people would spend any time thinking about… until they find that their website keeps going down or that the technical support is non-existent.

There are some cheap web hosting suppliers out there who do offer value for money, but unfortunately they are few and far between. Web hosting costs money to provide (think servers, bandwidth, technical support staff), and so it stands to reason that in the majority of cases you do get what you pay for.

The main risks posed by cheap web hosting are:

Website downtime
Web hosting companies operating on a shoestring typically have fewer staff to look after servers, leading to more downtime. Website downtime is arguably the greatest enemy of any company trying to do business online.

Unreliable support
Whether you have a business-critical problem or simply a query, you need to know that someone will be there to help. The quality of technical support is one of the main things that businesses complain about from web hosting providers.

Servers under strain
Web hosting companies trying to minimise costs have been known to overstretch their servers, running too many websites alongside each other leading to the servers running slowly as they try to do too much at once.

Overseas servers
It’s often cheaper to run servers outside of the UK, but this can interfere with your search engine rankings as well as increasing the risk of downtime.

Yorkshire Media are a well-established web hosting provider with UK based servers and technical support staff. The recorded downtime is less than 0.1% and the majority of our business comes from word of mouth recommendation. Don’t run risks with super-cheap web hosting, but you also don’t need to pay a king’s ransom for good service – call our team today on 01964 542916 for more details.