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Hosting - a new trend?
companies all over the internet are dropping their prices and
increasing their services. This is what most of them do but a
few went against the odds. These few chose to sell lifetime web
hosting. Now what is lifetime web hosting? It is still web
hosting but you only get to pay once - no monthly bills - that's
why it's called lifetime. You pay just once and you get web
hosting for life. So what are the pros and cons of lifetime web
The major PRO of lifetime web hosting is the cost. Though the initial
one-time fee is fairly high - ranging from $49.95 to $500, it
still is cheaper when you look at it on the long-run. After all,
lifetime web hosting means long-term so we have to compute it
Assuming, we pay $1.00 monthly for 50MB of regular web hosting, 12 months
would be $12.00 and 5 years would be $60.00. 10 years would be
$120.00 - you compute the rest. With this, you would easily see
how much it becomes as each month passes by. 50MB lifetime web
hosting with the same specs (or even better) would cost you only
$49.95 - no matter how many years your site is hosted.
Furthermore, the overhead cost of maintaining your website is
greatly reduced so you get to focus your finances on other
important matters such as website promotion, and product/service
development. One more thing is that you don't have to remove
your website from the internet if you can no longer afford the
web hosting - it's there for life!
On the other hand, critics would say that lifetime web hosting is dangerous
because it is "overselling." I did a quick computation based on
present-day dedicated server rates and checked if lifetime web
hosting is indeed feasible and I found out that a company
selling lifetime web hosting would be able to maintain the site
for as much as 40 years! And still earn a good income out of it.
Now that's not lifetime is it? Well, true. However, 40 years for
$49.95? I still think it's a good deal. What do you think?
As I see it, the only CON I see is the initial one-time fee which is fairly
high as compared to the $1 monthly on regular web hosting. But
then again, we have to think long-term.
OK, now you're interested and thinking of moving your website to a lifetime
web host provider but wait. You surely don't want to make it
wrong. So, what do you look for in a lifetime web hosting plan?
Basically, you should look for:
1. Easy upgrading of your account
2. Upgrade should also be paid on a lifetime basis
3. Must support whatever features a regular web hosting has
4. Affordable one-time fee
5. Good technical support
6. 30-day money-back guarantee
And here are a couple of tips:
1. Do not go for the huge plan immediately, take a low plan at first.
Anyway, you can upgrade anytime in the future if you need more
2. Try contacting the lifetime web hosting provider first and ask them
whatever concerns you have before getting a lifetime web hosting
plan from them.
That's all I can say. Lifetime web hosting - like regular web hosting has
its good and bad sides so it's really upto you to weigh them and
see for yourself.
About the author:
Mike Lopez is a PHP Programmer, Website Developer and a science
enthusiast. He also owns a web hosting business - Sydel Web