Build a Website on a Budget

build a website on a budget
Build a website on a budget

When my uncle asked me to help him self-publish his book, The Shrine of Arthis, part of what went along with that was building a website. I wasn’t concerned about the technical aspect, I’d played around with html and css before, but I had never actually published a website before. ┬áSo I really had no clue how to go about doing that. I figured the hardest part would be figuring out where to find a reasonably priced domain name and that would be that.

Wrong. purchasing a domain name is trivial compared to finding a place to host it. Not quite sure what I’m talking about? Take a look at my post on websites here.

A google search for a web host will turn up an overwhelming amount of results. So how do you choose which to use?

I picked eHost. Here’s why:

 

Price

Number one factor for me is always getting the most value out of my money. So why not go with a host like godaddy or 1&1 or some of those sites that say under $1 a month? Well, because there are usually hidden fees that go along with those things.
Most of those sites will offer that price for a limited time, but when it comes time to renew, guess what? You are now paying way more.

eHost offers to host your site for $2.75 a month for 3 years (that’s their 50% off rate, but it seems to be their standing promotion). Does the price go up after that? I’m not really sure yet, but who knows what will be going on with web technology three years from now? I’m set for the next three years and I got it at a decent price and I’m happy with that.

 

Free Domain

Most web hosts offer a free domain when you sign up for a hosting account. The problem is that when you read the fine print, the domain is only free for the first year. After that you can pay anywhere from $10 – $50 per year or more.

eHost offers a free domain name for as long as you maintain a hosting account with them. So there’s no surprise there when yo go to renew.

Unfortunately, you are charged $9.99 per year for privacy, which means that your personal information will not be listed anywhere. This is really the only negative that I found with eHost.

Website Builder

eHost provides you with two options for your hosting package. You can use their cPanel for the more advanced tech option, but they also provide a very user-friendly website builder. Absolutely no coding knowledge required for this option.
The website builder is very easy to use and has a variety of templates to get you started, but they are all completely customizable. It is a drag-and-drop website builder so you can visually position and edit all elements on your site without needing to know how to code. It’s super easy to use and offers lots of options.

WordPress

If you use the cPanel option when starting your site you have the option to add WordPress. The website builder has some blogging options, but it really doesn’t compare to a site that focuses on blogging.
If you’re looking for a place to host your WordPress blog, using eHost is super easy. It is also much cheaper than using WordPress as a host.

Here is a nice video tutorial for how to install and use WordPress on eHost.

 

Refund?

eHost advertises a 45 day money-back grantee. I have not had to test this, but it’s nice to have that as an option in the event you don’t like your experience.

To sum up:

The Negative

  1. You have to pay for privacy for your domain name.
  2. Once you create your account, you cannot change it. If you picked the website builder option, you cannot change to the cPanel option. You have to buy a new account.

The Positive

  1. Inexpensive. Under $3 a month when you purchase 3 years.
  2. Free domain for life.
  3. Easy to use drag-and-drop website builder for a quick and easy custom website.
  4. WordPress compatible and easy to install.
  5. 45 day money-back grantee
I’ve been using eHost now for about five months and have had no problems and I couldn’t have been happier about the price.
Check it out here.

 

Have any experiences with eHost you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts on what host provider do you use, and why did you decide to use that one?

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