Should You Run from Web Hosting Gimmicks?

“Now, for a limited time only, you can get a free domain, unlimited disk space, and unlimited bandwidth for an unbelievably low price!”  You have likely seen similar promises from web hosting companies, and you may have been tempted to have your dedicated server or VPS hosted by them.

Their offers seem enticing, and it does not take a genius to realize they are part of a carefully-crafted marketing scheme.  The question you should be asking is whether these gimmicks are worth a little closer look or whether you should run away from them as fast as you can.

There are two things you should know:

1. Every business has its specials and deals, and web hosting companies are no exception.  They need these to generated interest in their products.
2. Hosting gimmicks may be empty promises or legitimate offers.

The best approach to take is the same one  you would take for any hosting company.  Investigate their claims, read reviews, and talk to other users who have tried their technology and experienced their customer service.  Approach any claims of unlimited services with a degree of caution, but be mindful that the gimmick is not the only factor you should consider when making a choice.

Ultimately, the best hosting providers will be upfront and transparent, giving you a clear understanding of the services they offer and the prices for each.  When you find one that is good for you, it will be obvious with no need for gimmicks or clever advertising.