If You’re Leasing a Server for Your Website(s), You’re Probably Paying Too Much

by Nate Hoffelder

After a decade of running The Digital Reader, Nate is a veteran web publisher with experience in design, maintenance, recovery, and troubleshooting. What little he doesn't know, he can learn.

May 8, 2019

I’ve just found a new service that I can add to my a la carte service offerings: For $25, I will tell you whether you are paying too much for your hosting.

Over the three plus years that I have been doing WP tech support, I have encountered  several clients, a bunch of friends, and countless acquaintances who were being overcharged for hosting their websites.  These weren’t people who went to a premium hosting service (WPEngine, for example, or WPEngine). No, these were people who had been talked into leasing a server for their two or three websites.

I cannot violate their privacy by giving you specific details, but I can tell you that some were paying three and four times as much as I pay when all they needed was space for a few low-traffic sites.

Some of the people I have helped were paying a couple thousand dollars a year to host just a few sites, when in comparison, I am paying $50 a month to host around a dozen sites on a leased VPS that has enough resources for about twice that many sites.

Way too many are spending way too much for hosting services because they didn’t have anyone to ask for a second opinion. Well, that is a need I can fill.

Folks, in the past I have tried every level of WP hosting service from the cheap $5 a month plans to MediaTemple’s terrible $30 a month “premium” “managed WordPress” service, and I can tell you the simple truth that 99% of people who have a WP site would have their needs met by a service that cost maybe $250 per year.

If you are paying more than that then you really need to let me help you save money on your website hosting.

Please contact me today.

image by wpmxday via Flickr

Hi, I'm Nate.

I build and fix websites for authors, and I am also a tech VA. I can build you a website that looks great and turns visitors into fans, and I can also fix your tech when it breaks. Let me fight with tech support so you don’t have to.

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  1. Steve

    I’ve been thinking about doing something similar and have the required sysadmin skills.
    So this sentence caught my eye
    > I am paying $50 a month to host around a dozen sites on a leased VPS that has enough resources for about twice that many sites.
    What sort of spec (CPUs and memory are probably the key items; ballpark figures are fine) server are you using?

    • Nate Hoffelder

      Hey Steve,

      First comments are held for approval by WP. It took me a while to get to yours.

      I have the “Choice” plan mentioned here. It’s more power than I need, actually. I got it because my blog has a lot of images.

      Would you say that’s enough for a couple dozen sites? (I’d appreciate a second opinion.)

    • Nate Hoffelder

      Also, did you know your blog at forty-something.me.uk is down?

  2. Robert Nagle

    What you say is true, but I want to mention the cost of transitioning. to a new hosting service. I have often found cheaper hosting plans, but then I look at the time and inconvenience of doing a migration, and somehow I end up staying with the existing service and paying the 5-10% increase every year.

    For those who are in the process of migrating sites, it’s a good idea to compile a step-by-step of what you did as you go along for easy reference. It’s easy to forget a special directory you use for media files or something like that. It’s also a good idea to do this next time you have to reinstall the operating system. You’d be surprised how many easy it is to forget the name of the utility you installed..

    • Nate Hoffelder

      This is true – I stuck with MediaTemple for longer than I should because migration was just too much of a hassle.


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