Where to Put Your Website
Starting a new website? Needing to switch web hosts? Those starting a new website have an easy job of searching for a new web host because that's all they need to do. Those who need to switch have a tougher job because it of the pains to transfer the current site, setting up applications like a blog or content management system (CMS), and risking data loss or misplacement.
Believe me, I've been there. I had to switch between web hosts for two reasons: (1) the previous had terrible service and (2) to save a bundle of money. The switch provided huge cost savings, a faster and more responsive tech support, and more features for less money.
Doing research helps lower the risk of signing up with a lousy web host. Use your current provider as a comparison in looking for the new one. If old and new look even on everything except price, take that information to your provider and perhaps the price will come down.
Web hosts offer various types of packages. Some help you with obtaining or registering a domain name (URL), web site design tools, and hosting. Hosting plans range from $2 (yes, even good ones) on up per month depending on the storage and bandwidth you need. For most individuals and very small businesses, the cost will most likely be less than $15 per month.