#2: Pricing Spams
By pricing spams, I mean hidden costs, hidden setup fees and some other underground costs that are charged when you sign up. Most hosting service providers only present part of the prices of the services they promise, only to come up with several other costs through upgrading, set up charges, and so on. The worst of them do this without informing the customer. Others simply intentionally provide a sub-standard product or service in order to lull you to upgrade and pay additional fees.
Domain name providers are pretty notorious for having intro pricing… then raising the price on you to make money ongoing.
For example, Godaddy actually makes you register your domain name for $1.99 for the first year or less and later charge $14.99/year as opposed to honest service providers like Namecheap.com which offers $10.29/year with free WhoisGuard services for all domains. So, many who fall into Godaddy’s trick end up being penny wise and pound foolish in the long run.
Other service providers simply have a system that automatically checks or auto-select additional services such as anti-spam protection, online security, WHOisGuard services etc before checkout during the sign up process. This is very true with Host Gator. By the time you enter the coupon code (which is another trick because you pay less with the coupon code now in order to pay either double or triple in the future), some pre-checked services that you had unchecked are automatically checked.
Some big names will give you up to 60% discount when signing up and later on charge you high for the rest of the years or months. They even pressure you by saying that the discount offer is limited.
Avoid paying for more than three months in advance for a service you don’t trust so you don’t get caught in this trap. You can always start with a one month recurring payment plan. In this way, if you get disappointed, you can back out easily. This was actually what I did with Simplesite.
On the other hand, it’s always better to pay up front in order to save up some money through genuine discounts that can run for up to 3 years. Orangewebsite offers really great deals for their customers. I guess that’s why they feature in almost every geuine review online.
We are currently using Orangewebsite to host some of our major sites and the experience is just phenomenal. The admins are having such a great time and great results to show for it.
Always verify every detail in the sign up process before checking out. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket by purchasing your domain and hosting platform from the same service provider. Always register your domain with a reliable company elsewhere so that in case of any problem with your web host, your domain remains save.
Personally, I will never advice anyone to register his domain elsewhere order than Namecheap. They are simply #1 and for now, there is no #2 on my list. (NB: I only recommend services that we have personally used and can put our reputation on the line for. Transparency is a crucial value in BORN TO REIGN GROUP).
The best way of judging apples to apples is to look at their 1 year renewal pricing for .com domain names and hosting services before signing up or making a purchase.
There are some few exceptions in terms of honesty in pricing. Many bloggers and major online business owners attest that is the most trustworthy. It is a hosting company you can rely on and they deliver the service their customers expect.
Unlike most hosting providers, they won’t spam your mailbox with endless marketing emails. You will receive emails just a few times a year and only in case it is something important. You will be charged only the prices that are shown on their website. They don’t have any hidden costs or setup fees. In case you decide to upgrade your service, they don’t charge extra for it. You will only pay the difference between your existing service and the service to which you wish to upgrade.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Orangewebsite.com may have a great pricing policy for web hosting but the cheapest domain name issuer, however, remains Namecheap.com. They remain #1 in this area. You can check out reviews from reputable web hosting sites to see for yourself.