Low cost hosting is expected by everyone with an online presence. But not apparently if you are based offshore.
We at Calibri must admit when we decided it was time for an online presence for our Writing Services, we never considered where the Hosting Servers would be based. Did it matter if they are local or Offshore?
We were blissfully unaware that it did matter. We were satisfied with receiving our hosting provider’s service for a small subscription as part of our development bundled with WordPress.
Well, it is something we are all used to receiving, that none of us gave it much thought. Now image a brand newbie website owner or your budding Baby Boomer Entrepreneur Grandparent starting. What should they know?
When asked, our website developer Alver answered: “Typically for the average website it does not matter where the hosting server is located as long as it works well. But why put yourself in a position where you have to pay for something that is generally covered in a bundle with only one subscription.”
Turns out going Offshore hosting comes with a hefty price.
With the purpose of our Calibri website, he did not see the need to head offshore. He also added, “low-cost hosting is more
So when you get to explain to your Newbie or Baby Booming Entrepreneur the subject of low-cost hosting it might pay you to start at the very beginning and explain what low-cost hosting and websites have in common to your much-bewildered student.
What service does a Website Low-cost Hosting Provider offer?
A Website Hosting Provider offers the availability of engaging a low-cost hosting service that permits individuals and organisations to post a website and webpages onto the internet. A “Web Host” for short, is a business that provides the services and technology required for viewing each website or webpage.
Our websites are stored and hosted on specially adapted computers called Servers. So no matter what niche market you are in, your target audience when wishing to view your site just types in your domain (www.yourwebsite.com) into their browser.
Your audience computer then connects to your server, Your website and your webpages will be delivered directly to them through their browser.
Why is he telling me this?
Remember, you may need to explain this information to a Newbie or Budding Entrepreneur who has no previous knowledge. The chance are they will need your help and guidance.
The majority of low-cost hosting companies in order for them to act as your host will require you to own your own domain. But these days, you can now purchase a domain with many hosting companies as part of their package. Just like we did with WordPress.
So what can I expect from my Hosting Provider?
- Domain Email Accounts. Your provider will assist you by providing a number of accounts. These will depend on the provider, for example, WordPress gave us 20 email accounts to start with. They are easy to create:
- File Transfer protocol Access. FTP access allows you to upload files from your local computer to your designated website server. So, if you wish to build your site utilising your own HTML files, you can transfer the files from your computer directly to the web server via the FTP access. Thus allowing your site to be accessed via the internet.
- WordPress creation tool is a dynamic blogging and content management system. WordPress now powers over 25% of all websites. This makes them highly important to hosting providers. You will need to know immediately if their options and plans are compatible with WordPress.
For your reference when looking at low-cost hosting options, the minimum requirements must include:
- MySQL version 5.6 or higher if possible.
- PHP version 7 or higher if possible.
Now there are those of you who may wish to build your own site through your personal knowledge of coding or by utilising a CMS tool such as WordPress. To assist you with your search check out the following three hosting providers and check out their pricing and features on offer:
What benefits should I expect from a website low-cost hosting provider?
Apart from the initial hosting service, you should benefit from the following:
- 24/7 in-house support via their technicians ensuring your website stays up and running continuously.
- Solutions to problems arising from time to time such as email problems, domain name renewals, script rebutting, readability issues etc.
What we love about WordPress is their unwavering professional, hassle-free approach to all our queries. This allows us to concentrate on our efforts into the continuance of our business.
Now let’s look at Offshore hosting and what attractions and benefits can be gained from these remotely placed website hosting providers.
Offshore hosting attracts the owners of sites who want complete anonymity in regards to virtual and physical presence.
Naturally, that kind of increased levels of security and privacy would come at a substantial cost.
A Further benefit to Offshore hosting, there are no records of you and your personal information. Even traditional payment methods cannot reveal your personal data.
Another plus could be your business would like to enjoy lighter taxation rates by having a host outside the jurisdiction of your home taxation authorities.
In our business, it wouldn’t make sense to hide as our target audience generally want to know who we are behind our services on offer. Visitors research behaviour is usually to scan web pages or landing pages for a few moments. Thereupon clicking to “about us” to learn more.
So in conclusion for Calibri.
Personally, we didn’t see any benefits for increased privacy or the need to operate under a different set of regulations for taxation purposes. We do accept that when our services grow in the future, we well may change our minds. I can imagine seeking offshore hosting as a viable option to our bottom line ROI.
This may well apply to you Newbie and budding Baby Booming Entrepreneurs. But do not fret, it is not a precondition that you must follow offshore entrepreneurs. We recommend that keeping your business “White Hatted” in every aspect is an excellent way to sleeping soundly at night.
We hope you have enjoyed reading and researching this article on Low-cost Hosting locally and offshore. It has been created for Newbie website owners and Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs. You may wonder why we have written it.
Well, simple our CEO is a Baby Boomer from England now living in Colombia. It was a question he was asked, and when he researched the subject, he found little on it. He knew from experience others will ask the same question in the future. Therefore, we wanted to help with this article.
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