It’s been said time and time again: you get what you pay for, and that’s definitely the case with web hosting, plus so much, much more. But what do you get, and what makes the best paid web hosting?
You Can Choose Your Domain Name
With free web hosting, your domain name is associated with the free web hosting service, i.e. “www.yoursite.webhostname.com.” With paid web hosting, your domain name is just that: “www.yoursite.com.”
At Pair, you not only choose your own name, but you enjoy advantages like pricing — we offer the quintessential $8 .com, which is often $4 less than competitors. With your comparatively inexpensive, unique domain name and domain hosting you also get:
- DNS or Domain Name System — This system resolves the names of internet sites with their underlying IP addresses, adding efficiency and security in the process. Changes to our name servers are available within seconds.
- Website Design — Design without coding via our drag-and-drop builder; you choose how your site looks and install any plug-ins you need
- Web & Email Forwarding
- Free Whois Privacy — Helps prevent people from accessing public information about your name, e-mail address, phone number, and postal address from domain name registration records.
More Storage & Bandwidth Options
Storage is simply the amount of data you will store on your website. Bandwidth is the amount of data being sent back and forth from a website. A free web hosting site usually offers 5-10 mg of disk space. If you’re going to succeed, you are going to want to be able to scale and upgrade according to your growing needs. Pair makes that simple.
Better Web Security
Paid web hosting offers more secure web servers to better protect your site from exploitation. At Pair, we offer both free and advanced malware scanning so you never need to worry about the security of your site. If there is a breach, we offer clean-up services done by actual human beings, so you know that your site is securly restored.
Pair also offers your domains FREE SSL certificates through the industry trusted Let’s Encrypt. It is renewed automatically for you every 90 days. An SSL certificate shows users that the website they’re visiting is extra secure. A URL beginning with an “https://” means that a site has an SSL certificate. This is particularly reassuring if visitors are giving you personal and financial information.
An added perk: you must have an SSL certificate for Google to send people to your site; it’s their way of helping to ensure that the sites they find are secure. So, an SSL will definitely increase your search engine optimization results in addition to giving visitors great peace of mind.
Pair also offers more advanced SSL protection with PairSSL .
You Control Advertising on Your Site
Most free sites are actually paid for by advertising, so you can expect ads to appear on your free hosted site. The “swarm” of ads is usually not the best experience for a visitor, especially since you have no say in who or what is being advertised.
Paid web hosting frees you from miscellaneous ad bombardment on your site, but also offers you the option of choosing to have paid ads. If advertising income or promo swaps are effective for your business, you can choose how and when to display them.
Effective SEO Tools
Finally, paid web hosting offers better SEO tools. First, because you are your own domain, not a subdomain; second because you have an SSL certificate for Google searches; and third, because you can then use SEO plug-ins to optimize your site.
Onsite SEO helps you rank higher in the search engines for the keyword phrases. This means more traffic and in turn, more revenue on your site.
With all that said, Pair offers web hosting for ast low as $7.95 a month for shared hosting, as well as fully managed WordPress hosting with WordPress support, Weebly hosting, dedicated and VPS. Our options serve everyone from the author to the academy, the entertainer to the enterprise.
Need help with choosing your Pair hosting plan? Feel free to email us or give us a call at 1.877.724.7638!
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Article by Leslie McIlroy