While every business likes to save money, there are certain things that aren't always the bargains that they seem to be. The reality is, budget web hosting can be a false economy and an expensive mistake.
The Main Drawbacks of Budget Web Hosting
While there are many reasons that budget website hosting is a bad idea for businesses, here are a list of just some of the top reasons that your website needs to move from a budget hosting solution towards a more dedicated and secure one:
Out-Of-Date or Obsolete Servers
Some web hosting companies keep their costs low by keeping their old servers running longer than they should. Not only are these older servers slower and more likely to crash, they’re more vulnerable to viruses and hacker attacks. So while they are offering prices that seem "too good to pass up" your risking a very high chance of poor performance or worst... downtime.
Lack of Space
It doesn’t matter how cheap your budget hosting deal is, if you don’t have enough space to build your site, your hosting account is worthless. Don’t just think in terms of initial allowances. Remember your website is likely to grow, so you need to be sure that you have as much disk space as you need when you need it. Also beware of budget web hosts who keep their costs down by overselling disk space. This is a bit of a conjuring trick, as it relies on users not taking their full allowances. Not only is this a vaguely unethical business practice, it could very easily come crashing down if people start to use all the space allotted to them.
Budget web hosts deal in quantity, not quality. This is how they make their profits. From your point of view, the limited bandwidth and disk space allowances on budget hosting deals means that you could find yourself sharing server space with hundreds, if not thousands, of other websites. Statistically, not all of them are going to be good neighbors. This has a direct effect on your site. Your neighbors might be sucking up server resources at an alarming rate, causing your website to run slow or to crash altogether. More accounts on one server also mean a greater risk of virus infection spreading across that server.
Don't confuse Wholesale Hosting Rates with "cheap or budget web hosting"
While we are competitive with the many budget web hosting offers you can find, the difference is our fast dependable web hosting was designed to meet the high demands of our reseller members. The typical markup from WHR resellers is 4x - the smart move is to buy direct from the source and now you can.
Choosing your web host just got easier. Wholesale hosting rates for everyone!
Do you store credit card numbers in your database?
Definitely no. We are using PayPal for all credit card payments.
How much web space do you really need?
You might be surprised by how little space a basic website needs. You might also be surprised by how fast a website can grow. So choose a hosting plan that provides enough room to store your website now, with plenty of room to grow in the future.
A single web page contains text, formatting and images. That sounds a lot like a simple word procesing document, and in many ways it is. To visualize how much storage you will need, it may help to think of a web page as a Word document, and a website as a folder of documents.
In 2016, the average size of a web page was 2.2 MB. That’s just over double the average size in 2014, which is just over double the size in 2010. The main reason for this growth is that image sizes are increasing to keep pace with our computers’ ever-improving screen resolutions. So when calculating the amount of space you need for your website, allow plenty or room for growth.
Let’s do some estimates based on that 2.2 MB average. If your website will have 10 pages, you’ll need at least 22 MB to store them. A site with a hundred pages will need 220 MB. 1 GB of space will hold an average of 450 pages—more than 95% of all websites will ever need.
How much space do you think you’ll need for your web pages?
Given that we provide 10 GB of storage, the size of your web pages are unlikely to ever be a limiting factor.
One of the best way to make your website profitable is through direct sales with one of the many shopping cart software packages available with an easy one click installation.
We have available:
Autoload: Autoload is osCommerce with everything you need added for running an online storefront.
Magento: Magento is a new professional open-source eCommerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control.
OpenCart: OpenCart is a powerful open-source shopping cart system that is designed to be feature rich and user friendly.
osCommerce: osCommerce is the leading Open Source online shop e-commerce solution.
ZenCart: Zen Cart is a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system.
Please note that although these shopping carts are easy to install, the setup can be quite complex. If you are interested in the easiest possible solution, we highly recommend using Ecwid. Click here to find out more.
Open Source Scripts Available to Install
The following scripts can be installed by the latest version of Virtualmin Professional:
Advanced Guestbook is a PHP-based guestbook script.
Advanced Poll is a polling system with powerful administration tool.
AROUNDMe is the perfect solution for community builders wishing to bring together multiple mutual interest groups within a shared knowledge network.
Autoload is osCommerce with everything you need added for running an online storefront.
A multilingual multiuser multi-blog engine.
4.1.6-stable-2012-11-23 , 1.9.2-2007-01-22
bbPress is forum software with a twist from the creators of WordPress.
Bugzilla is server software designed to help you manage software development.
The purpose of cgiemail is to take the input of WWW forms and convert it to an e-mail format defined by the author of the WWW form.
Chora is a Horde application for viewing code repositories that are managed using the CVS or Subversion source control systems.
CivicSpace is a free open-source software platform for grassroots organizing and civic activity.
CMS Made Simple
CMS Made Simple makes it easy to set up a site and then hand it over to non-techies to maintain.
Coppermine is a multi-purpose fully-featured and integrated web picture gallery script written in PHP.
DaDaBIK is a free PHP application that allows you to easily create a highly customizable front-end for a database in order to search, insert, update and delete records
Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
1.7.7 , 1.4.22
DokuWiki is a standards compliant, simple to use Wiki, mainly aimed at creating documentation of any kind.
Dolibarr ERP/CRM is a powerful Open Source software to manage a professional or foundation activity (small and medium enterprises, freelancers).
3.8.3 , 3.6.6 , 3.5.7
An open source project management tool.
A full-featured content management/discussion engine suitable to setup a news-driven community or portal site.
8.0.1 , 7.41 , 6.37 , 5.23 , 4.7.11
EGroupware is a enterprise ready groupware software for your network.
eTicket is a widely-used open source support ticket system.
eXtplorer is a web-based File Manager.
This is a database-driven application for creating and maintaining Frequently Asked Questions.
A full-featured content management/discussion engine suitable to setup a news-driven community or portal site.
18.104.22.168 , 1.7.5
Filecharger is a self hosted, web-based file management solution for businesses, service providers, and individuals.
Flyspray is an uncomplicated, web-based bug tracking system for assisting with software development.
FormMail is a generic HTML form to e-mail gateway that parses the results of any form and sends them to the specified users.
Forwards is a Horde module for setting user e-mail forwards with support for several popular mailers.
Foswiki is the free and open source enterprise collaboration platform, a fork of TWiki
Gallery is a web based software product that lets you manage your photos.
3.0.9 , 2.3.2
Ghost is an open source publishing platform which is beautifully designed, easy to use, and free for everyone.
Gollem is a web-based file manager, which is part of the Horde project.
Help Center Live
A problem reporting and help desk application.
Horde is a framework for PHP applications. It is typically used in conjunction with other scripts such as IMP (for webmail) and Kronolith (for calendars).
Horde Groupware Webmail Edition is a free, enterprise ready, browser based communication suite.
Firebook is a free guestbook software, which can be easily installed for your own homepage, and which will run stable, secure and efficiently.
IMP is a PHP-based webmail system, which is part of the Horde project.
Ingo is an email filter rules manager. It can generate Sieve and procmail scripts and upload them to the server.
Instiki is a wiki clone with strong focus on ease of installation and running.
IntegraMOD is a pre-modded version of phpBB with great modifications that are made compatible with each other.
IonCube is a PHP module extension that loads encrypted PHP files and speeds up webpages that are being displayed.
Joomla is a powerful Open Source Content Management System.
3.4.5 , 2.5.28 , 1.7.5 , 1.6.6 , 1.5.26 , 1.0.15
Kronolith is a PHP-based calendaring system, which is part of the Horde project.
LimeSurvey is a set of PHP scripts that interact with MySQL to develop surveys, publish surveys and collect responses to surveys.
Magento is a new professional open-source eCommerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control.
Mambo is a powerful Open Source Content Management System.
Mantis is a free popular web-based bugtracking system.
MediaWiki is a free Wiki software package, used to run WikiPedia.
1.26.2 , 1.19.24
Mephisto is a blog engine with some simple CMS-ish concepts (sections, pages) and a very flexible templating system.
MIMP is a webmail client for mobile devices, which is part of the Horde project.
Mnemo is the Horde notes and memos application. It lets users keep free-text notes and other bits of information which doesn't fit as a contact, a todo item, an event, etc.
Advanced, easy to use and extensible WikiEngine with a large community of users.
Moodle is a course management system (CMS) to help educators create effective online learning communities.
3.0.1 , 2.9.3
The Movable Type platform makes it easy for you to both author content and interact with your community of readers.
Nag is the Horde task list application. It stores todo items, things due later this week, etc.
NMS::FormMail is a generic HTML form to e-mail gateway that parses the results of any form and sends them to the specified users. It is a drop-in replacement for the older FormMail program.
Maintains multiple weblogs.
A powerful open-source shopping cart system that is designed to be feature rich and user friendly.
osCommerce is the leading Open Source online shop e-commerce solution.
osTicket is a widely-used open source support ticket system.
1.9.2 , 1.8.4
ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface or WebDAV
8.2.0 , 7.0.4 , 6.0.6
Passwd is the Horde password changing application.
PHP Support Tickets
A feature-rich PHP helpdesk.
2.2 , 2.0
A web-based calendar and event scheduled written in PHP.
A content management and portal solution featuring web-based administration, surveys, customizable blocks, modules and themes with multilanguage support.
8.3.2 , 6.0 , 5.0
A Php-WikiWeb is a web site where anyone can edit the pages through an HTML form.
1.4.0rc1 , 1.3.14 , 1.2.11
A high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board package.
The phpCOIN (Clients, Order, Invoices, and Notes) package was designed for small to medium sized webhosting resellers.
phpLedMailer is a simple, cool, easy-to-use single-mailing-list application
PHPlist is a web application that implements a personalised mailing list manager or customer relationship management (CRM) system.
3.0.10 , 2.11.10
A browser-based MySQL database management interface.
22.214.171.124 , 126.96.36.199 , 188.8.131.52 , 184.108.40.206
phpMyFAQ is an open source FAQ system using PHP.
A browser-based PostgreSQL database management interface.
PHProjekt is a modular application for the coordination of group activities and to share informations and document via intranet and internet.
A web-based resource scheduling system that allows administered management of reservations on any number of resources, such as conference rooms.
phpWebSite provides a complete web site content management system.
Piwik is an open source web analytics software. It gives interesting reports on your website visitors, your popular pages and more.
Plans lets you put calendars on the web.
poMMo is versatile mass mailing software. It can be used to add a mailing list to your Web site or to organize stand alone mailings.
A flexible Open Source content management system.
Pydio turns your web server into a powerful file management system
Radiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams.
Revive Adserver is an open-source ad server, with an integrated banner management interface and tracking system for gathering statistics.
RoundCube Webmail is a browser-based multilingual IMAP client with an application-like user interface.
1.1.4-complete , 1.0.8 , 0.8.7
Ruby on Rails
An open-source web framework that's optimized for programmer happiness and productivity.
2.3.8 , 4.2.5
Simple Invoices is a simple, community developed, free/open source, web-based invoicing system.
Simple Machines Forum
Simple Machines Forum (SMF) is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.
SquirrelMail is a standards-based webmail package written in PHP
A powerful open-source package for managing customer relationships.
A free, flexible, elegant, easy-to-use content management system for all kinds of websites, even weblogs.
A full featured free software Wiki/CMS/Groupware written in PHP.
14.1 , 12.4 , 6.14
Enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects.
1.1.6 , 0.12.7
Turba is the Horde contact management application. It is a production level address book, and makes heavy use of the Horde framework to provide integration with IMP and other Horde applications.
TWiki is a flexible, powerful, and easy to use enterprise collaboration platform.
Typo is a lean engine that makes blogging easy.
TYPO3 is a free Open Source content management system for enterprise purposes on the web and in intranets.
6.2.16 , 4.6.18
Vacation is a Horde module for managing user e-mail vacation notices or auto-responders.
A free, full-featured, 100% Open Source CRM software ideal for small and medium businesses
A PHP application used to maintain a calendar for one or more persons and for a variety of purposes.
WHMCS is an all-in-one client management, billing & support solution for online businesses.
A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
The multi-user version of the WordPress blog engine.
X2Engine is a fast and compact Marketing Automation, Sales Force and Customer Service application powered by an easy to use website-optimized visual workflow engine.
XOOPS is an extensible, OO, easy to use dynamic web content management system written in PHP.
An implementation of Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol which is used 'over-the-air' for multi platform active sync devices.
Zen Cart is a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system.
1.5.1 , 1.3.9h
Zenphoto is a standalone CMS for multimedia focused websites.
Zikula is software that creates an impressive, dynamic web site and provides you with a site you can administer with a minimal amount of HTML knowledge.