We look after 100s of websites and over 20 years, we’ve used pretty much every hosting platform you’ll have heard of.
This means we have experience of the WordPress hosting environments, speed, technical support and actually using these hosts for lots of different sites – from small brochure-style websites to large corporate mega-sites.
Speed is ALWAYS an issue on cheap shared servers.
Your site will be hosted on a server with 100s of other peoples websites.
This means your site is vulnerable to any errors or problems caused by 100s of other people.
The technical support is not great.
Fancy waiting 24 hours for a support response to a question to only they be told it’s the developer’s fault rather than the hosting?
This is a favourite of cheap hosting providers – they keep you waiting forever and then tell you the problem is your own fault (when 99% of the time it’s not).
In order to get effective support from these people, your request has to be escalated above the initial support agent (who knows nothing) and this can take days.
Great if your site is down. Hosting is COMPLICATED, the least you can expect is to speak to someone who knows what they are doing.
Get managed hosting
Your site up and down like a yoyo.
It may only be for a few seconds here or there, or it might be half the night, but your site will be down for more often than you’d like.
That one great customer that’s just about to convert visits your site when it’s down? Off they go to a competitor.
You’ll find yourself in the middle.
If you choose a cheap hosting company and then expect this to become your developer’s problem, you can find yourself in the middle of an argument.
WordPress developers know crap hosting when they see it, and it can make working on your site take three times as long as it should do.
Your developers will simply tell you that there is nothing they can do as the hosting is at fault, and they will be correct.
Cheap hosting will cost you rankings.
Slow sites, poor page speeds and other cheap hosting favourites will hinder your attempts to gain ranking in the search results.
The slower your site, the less Google (et al) will be to index it favourably.
You also need to take into account the crawl budget – when the Googlebot visits your pages, it only has a few seconds to index the content.
If it’s hanging around for a slow loading page, you can forget the crawl.
The list could go on.
There are far more reasons to avoid cheap hosting packages like the plague, but you get the idea.