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    Why are some web hosting plans so expensive?

    Why are some web hosting or VPS plans so cheap while others are pretty expensive. I could not clarify why that.
    Do they have differences between hosting features or hardware?

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    That's a very good question !
    Let's compare some unmanaged VPS offers :

    Hostgator : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 165GB HDD -> $119
    LiquidWeb : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 150GB SSD -> $139

    Linode : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 48GB SSD -> $20
    DigitalOcean : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 60GB SSD -> $60

    Why the two first plans cost 2x times more ? Because they want to earn more money

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    Except the fact that the first 2 want to earn more money ...

    There is always difference @ the hardware/network level.
    There is difference between SSD type . There are SSD which have the same IO of HDD (Currently don't have the time to go further but you can check this out



    CPU Cores , same number but on what speed?
    Any extra features included ? Premium Bandwidth , DDOS protection etc etc .

    You know when most hosting providers claim 1Gb -10Gb uplink this have nothing to do with the International bandwidth
    So you have to investigate it further when comparing prices.

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    I have to agree with CyberHour. Products advertised a certain price is all just marketing. It's what your buying at the technical which is important.
    I would never buy any hosting product without asking the provider what hardware and software was powering it regardless of price, if they fail to provide a good answer I would not buy from them.

    Prices do have a wide range for hosting services, some expense can be bad some cheap can be very good. It all depends on the provider.

    For me a fair price for a hosting account is around $5 per month
    Lowend VPS $20 (depending on backend)
    Reseller $20
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberHour View Post
    Except the fact that the first 2 want to earn more money ...

    There is always difference @ the hardware/network level.
    There is difference between SSD type . There are SSD which have the same IO of HDD (Currently don't have the time to go further but you can check this out

    CPU Cores , same number but on what speed?
    Any extra features included ? Premium Bandwidth , DDOS protection etc etc .

    You know when most hosting providers claim 1Gb -10Gb uplink this have nothing to do with the International bandwidth
    So you have to investigate it further when comparing prices.
    Don't worry about cheap SSD, Godaddy or HostGator doesn't use SSD at all !
    But to explain their prices, you should not look at the technical specifications, but more at the affiliates payouts.

    With rates like that, they have to increase their prices to earn some money

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    Linode and DigitalOcean are completely unmanaged and need to be configured and ran all by yourself. HostGator and others offer fully managed VPS, meaning they will help you with support questions and other related things (make sure to check their policy as some are limited to certain distros and control panel) but that is usually why you see the huge difference. Linode and DigitalOcean are more self-managed and developer oriented, although you can make your Linode managed for an extra fee a month. They do have a pretty good service.

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    Apart of the Managed and UN-Managed marketing gimmick that is being applied, there is little or no difference is the products to justify the pricing.
    When you compare two providers, they offer basically the same specs but their prices are quite different.

    It takes more than the knowledge of an end user to be able to justify why one provider is better than the other.
    You must have actually used and tested the services to be able to justify the prices, on aspects such as connectivity, upload/download speed, Hardware quality...

    What I will suggest is to always try and get others opinion about a particular provider such as reviews, rather than be moved by their pricing.

    Higher pricing does not necessarily mean high quality or better services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    That's a very good question !
    Let's compare some unmanaged VPS offers :

    Hostgator : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 165GB HDD -> $119
    LiquidWeb : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 150GB SSD -> $139

    Linode : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 48GB SSD -> $20
    DigitalOcean : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 60GB SSD -> $60

    Why the two first plans cost 2x times more ? Because they want to earn more money
    LiquidWeb is fully managed by default at $149 (cPanel). So it's unfair to say they want to earn more money. Their Storm VPS page doesn't specify if it's virtual cores or real cores.
    Besides that, LiquidWeb has a different quality of service compared to the other 3 providers on your list. I doubt Linode, DO or Hostgator will help you with figuring out how cPanel works, help with .htaccess or any other things without paying for hourly management. Let alone security updates, firewall rules and day-to-day management of the VPS.

    The comparison isn't exactly fair either, LiquidWeb/Hostgator offer much more HDD/SSD space than Linode or DO's plan.

    I still wouldn't recommend Hostgator - no matter how cheap they are (EIG).

    Anyway - the quality of service usually (but not always) dictates the price. Choosing the cheapest is never the best. Do your research before choosing any host.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Localnode View Post
    LiquidWeb is fully managed by default at $149 (cPanel). So it's unfair to say they want to earn more money. Their Storm VPS page doesn't specify if it's virtual cores or real cores.
    Besides that, LiquidWeb has a different quality of service compared to the other 3 providers on your list. I doubt Linode, DO or Hostgator will help you with figuring out how cPanel works, help with .htaccess or any other things without paying for hourly management. Let alone security updates, firewall rules and day-to-day management of the VPS.

    The comparison isn't exactly fair either, LiquidWeb/Hostgator offer much more HDD/SSD space than Linode or DO's plan.

    I still wouldn't recommend Hostgator - no matter how cheap they are (EIG).

    Anyway - the quality of service usually (but not always) dictates the price. Choosing the cheapest is never the best. Do your research before choosing any host.
    You are right about the fact the price should never be the only factor to choose a provider.
    But even with "fully managed" vps, a 8GB ram VPS should not cost $219... Linode offer this service for $100/mo and that doesn't make their vps more expensive than liquidweb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    That's a very good question !
    Let's compare some unmanaged VPS offers :

    Hostgator : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 165GB HDD -> $119
    LiquidWeb : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 150GB SSD -> $139

    Linode : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 48GB SSD -> $20
    DigitalOcean : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 60GB SSD -> $60

    Why the two first plans cost 2x times more ? Because they want to earn more money
    I don't agree that they increased price to earn more money, if they do that, they can lose their customers and customers will go with their competitors who offering lower prices.

    It can be by their network, configs, supports or the difference on hardware versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Alien View Post
    I don't agree that they increased price to earn more money, if they do that, they can lose their customers and customers will go with their competitors who offering lower prices.
    It can be by their network, configs, supports or the difference on hardware versions.
    No they also have to pay their affiliates


    But don't worry they are loosing their customers :


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    In my opinion the support quality matters the price mainly as now a days the hardware used is almost the same by most of the providers. Also the additional features provided should be checked as well like Phone call support for emergency reboot, Remote Reboot facility, Remote console / KVM console facility , Pure SSD and other Hardware facility etc matters the most.

    In this busy world no one cares to spend time to check and confirm the backend items like Server hardware specification, Data center facilities like which Tier they belong to etc and most of the customers are unware of those still. And hence the plans will have no such mention. People know SSD drives are better than HDD and hence they put the name SSD Drive and want to get more traffic.

    I urge to customers to have a thorough check on the technical specification if they are buying a VPS / Dedicated servers and compare and take enough time to decide things.

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    I have to say, I am probably the farthest from an "expert" when it comes to hosting. Most of you are far more knowledgable than me about it. That being said, I have made my hosting decision(s) based on two observations:

    1. Availability - I needed hosting, and I saw an ad. In this case I bought mostly based on price and cared nothing else about it.

    2. The salesperson / owner - I've bought hosting from one person over another simply because they answered my calls, questions, and were nice. In that instance, I didn't care about anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    That's a very good question !
    Let's compare some unmanaged VPS offers :

    Hostgator : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 165GB HDD -> $119
    LiquidWeb : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 150GB SSD -> $139

    Linode : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 48GB SSD -> $20
    DigitalOcean : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 60GB SSD -> $60

    Why the two first plans cost 2x times more ? Because they want to earn more money
    Exactly mate.Profit is what other hosts need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    That's a very good question !
    Let's compare some unmanaged VPS offers :

    Hostgator : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 165GB HDD -> $119
    LiquidWeb : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 150GB SSD -> $139

    Linode : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 48GB SSD -> $20
    DigitalOcean : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 60GB SSD -> $60

    Why the two first plans cost 2x times more ? Because they want to earn more money
    You are comparing managed VPS to unmanaged VPS, it is not the same.

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    This does reflect wide price variation on VPS products, however firms that are on the higher side of the curve are playing a dangerous game.
    Their are many hosting providers and it's easy to price yourself out of the market regardless of how great the firm or support is.


    But yes managed will bump up the price a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hostnesta View Post
    Apart of the Managed and UN-Managed marketing gimmick that is being applied,
    I would not call managed/unmanaged services a gimmick. Server management is a real service and there is a big difference between an unmanaged VPS vs a Managed VPS. A web hosting company charging significantly more for a fully managed solution is justified in my opinion. The drive partitions being offered with the HG and Liquid Web servers are significantly larger as well.

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    In short, you usually get what you pay for! If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

    If you are interested in a provider but unsure why their service is cheaper or more expensive than it should be, then just ask the provider to confirm things. Do this with several different providers, so you get a better idea of who offers the best service overall, but more importantly meet your requirements within your budget.

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    Two words Quality and Quantity.

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    I think the real reason why some hosts are more expensive than others is simply because they can afford to wait for someone to pay more. Also, websites like Hostgator and GoDaddy are so popular that people are more likely to buy more expensive hosting plans just because of their popularity.

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    We can narrow it down,
    1) Advertisement : Youtube / Similier, Television, Affiliate programs
    2) Support : Phone, Chat, Ticket, other
    3) Technology and quality
    4) Profit*

    Trust me, you will understand difference in Instant.

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    You get an SLA with the expensive ones (usually). Useful for critical operations or for enterprise uses. You can't really expect much from cheap. When they work they're a great value for your money but when they don't, a lot of them don't offer the same level of support those with "expensive" packages offer.

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    Some webhosting plans are more economical while other web hosting plans are expensive as there are different webhosting providers. There arise a difference in the cost of web hosting plans as there are various factors like the specification of servers, the level of support, features and addons, and geo-location of the web host. Hence web hosting plans are priced at different costing.

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    The hardware and network backbone is a reason but also another main reason is a brand. The hosting companies who are well settle, their hosting cost is higher, even though there are so many hosting providers their hardware is also good and performance too, but they are small company, hence to attract customers they keep lower cost and its true fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtuBox View Post
    That's a very good question !
    Let's compare some unmanaged VPS offers :

    Hostgator : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 165GB HDD -> $119
    LiquidWeb : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 150GB SSD -> $139

    Linode : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 48GB SSD -> $20
    DigitalOcean : 2vCores / 4GB RAM / 60GB SSD -> $60

    Why the two first plans cost 2x times more ? Because they want to earn more money
    I got Very Good Dedicated server from Turnkey Internet Very Very good. Very good speed. $53/month (without cpanel)

    i got 24 cores, 32GB, 1TB HDD (also SSD 240GB Free Available )

    Support is very helpful. My clients are very happy now

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