Ever heard saying "Penny-wise and Dollar-foolish"?
Well bargain priced website hosting may just represent perfect example of watching a jar full of pennies while bucket loads of dollars fly out window!
When I launched my first website (way back in "dark ages" of 1997) I paid almost $150 a month in hosting and data transfer charges. My web host watched how many files I uploaded like a hawk and always seemed to send their hefty invoices earlier with each passing month.
I'm obviously not only one who felt that way, because suddenly a whole industry of "bargain" web hosts sprang up all over web.
On surface they all sound great, especially when you think you can go from $150 a month down to $4.95 a month!
Five bucks a month sounds great, until you realize amount of data transfer (number of page views) and bandwidth (the amount of data transfer your host allows in a given period) you get for that low price potentially hampers your ability to do business.
This realization - along with a panic attack and a quick lesson in calculating data transfer and bandwidth - usually comes at least convenient time.
When you exceed your limits, a bargain host usually just shuts you down with no warning. Most webmasters realize they've made a mistake choosing a bargain host when their site suddenly loads a blank page in middle of a big promotion traffic spike.
Believe me, everything just stops!
Here are a few bargain hosts that provide good service, but you need to carefully check fine print for how much bandwidth they allow.