Web Hosting: Are you paying the right price?

You own one or more websites. You are based in Ireland. You get good traffic, but definitely not 10k visitors/month. Well, check your latest Web Hosting invoice: if you’re paying less than €40 or more than €50 ex VAT per year, you’d better take a look at what I have to say!

3 reasons why you may be paying too little

The hosting company may not be based in Ireland (Irish servers help your Website SEO!)

You may not have access to your control panel

Hosting reliability and customer support are terrible

3 reasons why you may be paying too much

You’ve been on a plan for years and have no idea of current prices. Hosting fees are more competitive now

You are on the wrong package, maybe you just need basic hosting. Contact your hosting for a free downgrade!

Your Web Design company is making a profit. Make sure you find out which additional services are supplied on top of the simple resale of a third-party hosting

Top 5 Irish Web Hosting Companies

As I said before, there is no reason why you should pay a non-Irish company for your hosting needs. Keep it local. Also, you can take a look at the following table to compare companies, plans and pricing:

Irish Web Hosting Hosting Plan Max Space Monthly Traffic Max Websites Phone no. Email addresses €/year ex VAT
Blacknight.com Minimus 10GB 200GB 30 1850 Unlimited 49.95
Digiweb.ie Advanced 15GB 100GB 50 1890 250 39.99
Hostingireland.ie Cloud Lite 10GB 100GB 5 1890 50 39.95
LetsHost.ie Complete 15GB n/a 35 01 Unlimited 49.50
Register365.com Advanced 10GB 15GB 5 1890 20 49.50
Companies sorted by alphabetical order - Last Update: 23/Nov/2012

What to do if you’re willing to change provider

If you want to move your website to another hosting company, it’s not going to be an easy task. On the other hand, hosting companies would be delighted to hear you want to open a new account with them, so they will guide you through the migration process.

The switch might take hours, or even days (up to 3). Your website may go down, and your emails as well. However, @blacknight and @letshost contacted us via Twitter to say that the “big switch” can be planned in advance, hence with 0 downtime.

Thanks also to Hosting Ireland for the following note. Always make sure to read the full Terms and Conditions before the switch.

Make sure you don’t wait for your current hosting to expire, or you won’t be able to do this operation.

What’s your experience with your Web Hosting company? Tell us in the comments!

About The Author

Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert, WordCamp speaker and Internet marketer, Rodolfo Melogli helps entrepreneurs overcome their ecommerce nightmares :) Rodolfo is the organiser of the Dublin Ecommerce Meetup, WordCamp Dublin, the Dublin WordPress Meetup and the Dublin WooCommerce Meetup. He enjoys interacting with people, running on the beach and chasing tennis & soccer balls. Of course, he loves pizza too.

4 Comments

  • Allan

    Reply Reply November 26, 2012

    Great piece, straight to my invoices to make sure I’m
    on the right pricing structure

    • Rodolfo Melogli

      November 27, 2012

      Thanks Allan! Best of luck with your invoice analysis!

  • Mike

    Reply Reply November 29, 2012

    Nice article Rodolfo – There are also great deals to be had when registering domains at the same time as getting a new hosting account – this can provide even further savings.

    • Rodolfo Melogli

      November 29, 2012

      That’s right Mike, thanks for your comment. I will probably have to expand the above table with further columns e.g. Number of free Domains & Special Offers.

      Also, I would love to hear from our readers about their experience with the above companies in terms of Customer Service. I think this topic is very important, probably even more than the actual yearly fee.

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