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Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for”?

Well, in the webhosting world, that isn’t necessarily true. There are many affordable webhosting companies out there that provide a good service.

But, then again, there are also many cheap providers that provide dismal webhosting.

IMHO the best way of sorting the wheat from the chaff is by looking at reviews and recommendations on Web Hosting Talk, the premier forum for webhosting. It’s free to join and can save you endless hours of frustration, not to say, money!

For a web presence, apart from the website itself, you need to register a domain name, and also sign up for webhosting.

Now, most people will use two different companies – a domain registrar to register the domain name, and a web-hosting provider for website hosting. That is the sensible thing to do.

But many webhosts will offer a “free domain” as part of the hosting package, and it is easy to fall for this trap. There, I said it, a trap!

Once a web-hosting company controls both your domain name and website hosting it has you by the short and curlies. They can basically control and dictate your online presence. You’ll be at their mercy, no kidding. If they subsequently want to charge you an exorbitant domain renewal fee, they can. Want to transfer your domain name to another domain registrar? Or move your webhosting elsewhere? Good luck with that! You’ll probably be stuck with them… for life.

So, use some common sense and keep your domain name and web hosting separate. You’ll be glad in the long run. 🙂

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