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Realistic web hosting prices?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by libervisco, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. libervisco

    libervisco New Member

    I believe that many people including myself wonder or have been wondered on how could the web hosting prices of some companies be so low. There must be some catch or their service is scam etc. Asking about cheap web hosting we often get responses such as that if you are serious about your project you would not look for cheap because you would likely run into scam.
    What are those "unrealistic" offers anyway? Well, let's take one of a good number of similar examples. I almost picked it randomly. It's really easy to find it since it's practically a trend now. Let our example be PenguinHost.net which offers the following as their professional hosting plan:

    2,000 mb storage
    60,000 mb transfer
    Unlimited Hits
    Unlimited Emails
    Unlimited aliases
    auto responders
    web-based email
    Catch all email
    mailing list
    Anti-spam feature
    Shopping Cart
    Search Engine Submission
    Message Board
    10 Databases
    Unlimited Subdomains
    Urchin Traffic Stats
    Real Audio/Video
    Supports all major web development software including FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Flash, Go Live
    No Ads or Banners
    SSL 128-Bit Encryption
    SSH Access
    Password Protected Directories
    Custom Error pages
    Your own control panel with over 100 features
    support for perl, php, mySQL, python, C++
    24x7 Tech Support
    99.9% Uptime
    OC-192 Fiber Connectivity
    Regular Backups
    Firewall Protection
    Virus Protection
    Datacenter & Servers:

    Fully Redundant Backbone Carriers
    Diesel Backup Generator
    24x7 Network Monitoring
    Cisco Routers
    Dual Xeon Processors
    SCSI Hard drive system
    1000MB Ram
    Now, i know, i copied it from their site. What however is the first to attract our eyeballs are 2000MB storage and 60 000MB bandwith. And it's all for only $9.95 per month or $7.95 per month if payed annually which is $95.40 per year. Is this realistic? Are they scammers? Some may say yes searching only for hosting services with prices of about $20 or above per month as their "professional" hosting that they can really trust. My sure answer to this will be "no". And i know that many of you will probably agree since i believe this trend has become common and it's been already talked about and explained. The hosting prices are dropping. As a reson to this, i wanted to point out to free software such as linux, mysql, apache and php, the so called LAMP combination that rules this market. It is from my opinion the main reason for that prices got so low in the past few years because there are apsolutely no cost in implementing these technologies since it is free software. What we actually pay for when paying for hosting are mainly the server space and maintainence of servers, and not for the software technology that powers them. It is therefore actually more realistic to expect lower prices then high ones. And here is another positive contribution of the free software/open source movements. ;)
    Okay, maybe you'll have some more reasons to add for this. Feel free to do so.
  2. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    I would totally agree on this.

    But there is something else that also is bringing the price down. Its competition to sell your hosting service and package.

    Shabbir Bhimani
  3. libervisco

    libervisco New Member

    Yes.. i also believe that the competition can be an additional reason. There are alot of hosting servces around, even only in one country such as Croatia. And dropping prices seem to be the best way to beat the competition besides adding on quality and special services.

    But it also seems that this availabilty of free server software was one of the main causes for the increasing number of hosts. When the price bars drop lower, many more people can jump in the business, be it reselling or starting from scratch.

  4. cyanide

    cyanide New Member

    Indeed, hosting has become extremely competitive, which in my opinion is the number one reason for the low pricing.

    But, for that plan 2G / 60G , is more of a marketing ploy than anything. They know full-well that most clients will never come close to using all that up.
    On average, I have found that 1G = 50,000 page views, so at 60G, that's 3 million page views per month... very, very few people will ever need that.

    If all their customers used up all their room, there's no way a hosting company can sustain themselves. Also, that 6.95/month is if you sign up for 2 years... and if they go out of business in 3 months??? I never advise anyone to sign up for more than 3 months at a time.
  5. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    Nice point.

    Also I visited your site and its design looks Kool

    Shabbir Bhimani
  6. anjanesh

    anjanesh New Member

    Cenvo - cheapest in India

    I've been searching for good web hosting sometime ago and came up with Cenvo - http://cenvo.com/ - as the cheapest hosting

    service available in India. For a standard personal website Cenvo seems to be the best choice even for small business

    companies. Obviously this doesnt hold for large ones but this will defintely invoke small business people and even people who

    want to have a personal site of their own for themselves or for a community to register at cenvo for a website.
    Cheapest - Rs 750 per year for LAMP - Registration Rs.350 + Rs.400 for the services mentioned below :
    10 MB storage
    1GB monthly bandwidth
    4 MySQL dbs
    20 Emails
    Unlimited ftp though you'll have to request for it
    Though the cenvo mentions PHP 4.3.2 it actually gives PHP 4.3.9 and MySQL 4.0
    Additional Disk Space - Rs.500 per block of 50MB per year
    Additional Bandwidth - Rs.750 per additional 1GB per year
    Dedicated IP Address - Rs.1800.00 per Year
    SSL Installation - Rs.500(Requires Dedicated IP) per year

    The only disadvantage is the bad customer support. Theres just one person running this and all queries are directed to him and him only.

    Cenvo - http://cenvo.com/
  7. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    People look for this before anything else.
  8. anjanesh

    anjanesh New Member

    Well...till date I've had just one problem and I got it resolved by calling him up. Everything else runs smoothly.
  9. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    thats nice
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    sales at a1domainhosting.com
  11. sterling45

    sterling45 New Member

    Watch out for "low webhosting services" as some businesses go out of business! I would recommend sticking to larger companies that offer low web hosting services (such as go-daddy). You also need to watch out for downtime (the smaller the company, the more common this occurs).
  12. devendraseo

    devendraseo New Member

    hello friends can u tell me what is main difference dedicated server hosting and hosting.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 2, 2007
  13. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    Confine links to signature only and also if you have some queries try creating a new thread instead of jumping into some of the older articles.
  14. devendraseo

    devendraseo New Member

    Hello dear u provide very good information related to web hosting price
    Can u tell me what is price of dedicated servers ?
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 3, 2007
  15. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    Do you understand English. I told to Confine links to signatures only
  16. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    Benjamin Self promotion is not allowed in forums posts and you can only use your signature for promotions. Post is deleted.
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    smithvickey New Member


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  18. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    smithvickey, welcome to the forums and best of luck with your hosting business.

    As you have not violated any terms like having links in posts or creating a thread for the service you provide and so I visited your site and looks good.
  19. smithvickey

    smithvickey New Member

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