Web Hosting prices and that fucking *ASTERISK

This is going to be a rough ride, put on your boots,  gloves, hard hat, and goggles.  There is a big debate about the long term and short term business model.  Some business give you a starter package, a starter price and you fucking looooove it. You get a good deal on phone service and all of a sudden, the “promotional” deal is over and you go back to feeling like you’re not the star of the restaurant, you’re not that person in the VIP club but a regular now. That my friend is the short term business model for a rockstar like you, but it’s the long term model for most companies that run this business.

special-hostingIt’s like they gave you a little sip of  their fine champagne for free, and you’re hooked. The next thing you know, you’re in the back of the club three years later drinking a watered down version of it,  paying double of the original costs and you don’t know why.  You got a great introductory price and now you’re paying close to $10.00 a month for hosting? What the fuck? I only have one website, a few emails and maybe 8 or 9 pages. Something doesn’t seem right.  And then you think well If I renew this website hosting for another for another 3 years I’ll get a cheaper deal but what If I only need it for one year. It’s like buying three clocks for the price of two but I only needed one. What the fuck am I suppose to do with this shit.

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So you get the starter price but then realize that’s about $110.00 after taxes each year.  So you think, I’ll just transfer my files over to a different hosting and you think about but your email data is and database is stored in on their control panel. They might charge you to migrate it, or you have to figure out if the new server is going to able to read the same files? Is it a php language, a Windows server, do they use a cpanel or is it Plesk system? So you decide, ah fuck it, I’ll just leave it on there, and not think about it.

I don’t want touch the A records, txt or mx client. And then life goes on after the party.  You realize the fine print mentions that you can only store so many files on your new hosting, the free web builder kit doesn’t allow you to change some of the settings, and then finally you look at the design and one of you competitors is using the same web design template that you did. OK, I need a better hosting, I’ll just migrate my stuff over, I found a web developer that’s good. cool!  old-hosting-packageThe fine print changes on the hosting, they have to increase their rate from some off technical reason.  But you finally found the right combo with a fast server, unlimited bandwidth or unlimited storage and a good web developer on your team.  You might considering have three websites, business is growing and you try to contact your developer but all of a sudden he gets a new position at Google or becomes the next Steve Jobs?  Now you scramble again for another tech person and you want to build a long term relationship with a company, so the first thing you expect is a reward program.

fatcowIt makes sense. The longer you stay with them, the more loyal you’ve become but now you realize that you are nothing but a number.  Then the small *asterisk appears everywhere:

The asterisk is the biggest way a corporation can say Fuck you with the smallest amount of text on the keyboard.

Yup that free domain or free web hosting starts to add up.  The new service plan doesn’t include new apps or programs that are offered in the next hosting package. You don’t get to extra tools unless you sign up for the deluxe hosting, or ultimate hosting and you don’t have time to study GUI software applications and see who has a better price or web building program. Why does it have to be a year. Sometimes I only need it for a few months, or just til the end of the year. What the fuck is this 12-month minimum bullshit or if I do I’m paying  close to $11 for some website that maybe gets a 100 visitors a year.

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Do you notice a pattern here.  All of these prices are from different hosting companies that have copied and pasted their billing plan. It almost feels kind of everything becomes fixed. Do I hear an anti-trust violation coming up soon?  So the long term solution is to keep switching over to new hosting companies every year for the promotional offer and when that gets cycle through, switch over again and again, but you have to make sure you transfer the database, change DNS nameservers, update and transfer your email, and with all that time spent on the phone with customer service.  Is it all worth it?

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If you did it the other way, it would make more sense for customer loyalty with the long term business plan. You have a regular price, and the longer you stay with the company, the bigger discount and rewards you get in the long haul.  Sounds good but too many people are out for the short term, they want instant gratification.  Either way,  there are lots of ways you can research the web, Wikipedia, and reviews.  Some of these reviews are paid by large companies who are writing paid Advertorials so fuck those douchebags who are filling up websites and confusing people with the truth, they can eat a big dead donkey dick.

Read reviews on all platforms, not just ones that seem a bit a dodgy or sponsored by the affiliates.  The pros and cons, of different web hosting.  Talk to different developers and get their opinion, check out people who have high ratings on Youtube,  If a person has a million likes over a few thumbs down, it’s pretty legit in my opinion.  I hate informational/tutorial videos that hide their voting system cause you know that uploader might be a troll or bot.    Ask around, question everything, there’s a lot of good hosting companies, and businesses that want to make a fair profit, versus those fucking pricks who are trying to get rich even if they have to cut corners or step on people.

Good luck.

 

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