Budget Web Hosting is More Affordable Than Ever - Blame it on the Internet
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Google recently reported that there has been a sharp decline in the number of searches for the term “web hosting,” with theories as to why ranging from market saturation to changing terminology. Like many things in the open market, once they become easily accessible and commonplace -- or the demand goes down -- the price declines as well.
Some argue that the web itself has greatly contributed to the reducing web host trend as well as the price of existing services. One of the main reasons users have seen such a great reduction in cost is because the demand for these services is down. Many web hosting agencies have dramatically reduced their prices just to make ends meet during this unforeseen slump.
As mentioned previously, another contributing factor is the Internet itself. Not too long ago, designers needed to do intensive research to find the right hosting company that was not only affordable, but also met the needs of their particular site. Users can now use Google -- or use any other search engine imaginable -- to find the term “affordable web hosting,” and they will be inundated with top ten lists of the most affordable hosting companies, lists of free hosting companies, the cheapest hosting companies, etc., etc.
Essentially, the Internet itself has cut down the costs of web hosting. If you want to have a blog, there’s no need to go off on your own and create your own site; you can join a huge number of blogging sites for free. If you want a picture gallery, Flickr and Picasa also offer their services for free. Various web designing sites also allow their users to design and run creative sites.
Similarly, there are number of video sharing and networking sites that essentially give users their own websites for free and let’s face it, consumers will always be willing to waver on quality as long as the price is right, and what’s cheaper than free? Someone’s MySpace page may not be as professional-looking had they ventured off on their own and utilized a web hosting company to create a better site, but then again, MySpace is a free service.
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