Web Site Hosting For Your Business: Free or Paid? - Paid web hosting
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If you are billed, it means you own something. There is now a contractual bond between you and your web hosting provider, which in turn must offer you his services. Ownership gives you more control of your online presence. Important as ownership is, it is neither the only nor the biggest advantage of paying for your hosting solution.
The identity of your business would be clear from your URL down to your web content without banners confusing your customers. What I would say, is ask yourself if you would deal with someone offering a product/service similar to the one you are promoting, who was obviously using a free site. If you would, then fine, but if not, don't expect anyone else to deal with you!
You will have usually sufficient e-mail addresses to accommodate the needs of your business. How serious would you take someone who hands you a business card with e-mail like firstname.lastname@example.org. And more important: would you do business with him?
It's almost a standard for paid web hosting providers to offer features like PHP and MySQL, features that allow your site to grow along with your business needs. With such features you can easily have an online store, offer your customers the possibility to track their orders, and more.
Often the web hosting provider offers guarantees for the uptime of the server, and this avoids unnecessary frustration for your customers. To complement this, support services of higher quality allow your business to overcome possible technical problems easier and faster.
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