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This is probably the most weird Shia LaBeouf motivational videos of all time. Just watch, he makes some pretty strange body movements that will convince you he’s gone bonkers but somehow you want to keep watching up to a point where you realize , it’s just an act! There is a strange story behind the origin of the “Just do it” slogan that Nike made popular. Wait for it, those are said to be the last words of a murderer. True story. Nike just made a small adjustment and got themselves a hugely successful promotional campaign.  Shia Lebeouf then takes it to a whole new level. His video gives you some different type of feeling. It just makes you want to get out there and start hustling, pursuing your passions no matter what your current situation is. It gives you that push. At least that is what it did to me. But at some point “realism” strikes and you find that there can be limits, especially cash limits? Rest easy, there is always a way. Now let’s talk about the subject at hand.

 

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Best Month to Month Web host

When creating this site I had some crucial decisions to make. Choosing the best affordable company for my hosting needs was one of them. Remember this comes after buying my domain for that cheap price that we talked about here. If you not quite familiar with what hosting is, I have all the details on this page. At cheap sense we like to try out product and services on your behalf while staying true to our beliefs. Costs can potentially build up to an unsustainable level so we don’t want to pay annual hosting plans for services that we want to test first. It appears most of these hosting companies are now only offering annual membership payments. But What if you only want a month to month hosting plan?


 

Enter HostGator, the company that hosts CheapSense.com. They have a month to month option.  We tested reliability and speed of access and found it to be pretty good. You can do your own due diligence if you decide to buy because there is so many other features dependent on the type of plan you get (I have the baby plan). I initially got it for 1c on a trial. Please don’t tell me you don’t have this amount to try it out. Google them and you will find so many good and bad reviews about their service but I haven’t had any issues whatsoever. I was even quite impressed with their customer service. Keep in mind I have had this site since 2013 and only changed the domain name. They provide technical support function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (often abbreviated 24/7), all year around. They even have a custom service chat feature implemented within their site. I realize that’s now the standard industry requirement. Note that I will not accept a host which does not have staff working on weekends or public holidays.
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Admittedly, I have a hard time on choosing a favorite between Bluehost and HostGator but the fact that the latter is so flexible by offering month to month won me over. They are very similar when it comes to Website response time which  can be a very bad experience for visitors. What this basically means is how long it takes to load a page when you click on it. Very crucial. The gurus in the industry call it the “3 second rule”. A bit of a stretch if you ask me but I know from personal experience, if it takes too long, I simple give up and try another site. One of my other sites( Toylockers.com)  that we currently revamping is hosted by Bluehost. I have previously asked friends and acquaintances from different corners of the world to test the load times of both these sites and didn’t find any significant differences. Bluehost and HostGator both guarantee 99.9% uptime. I am not going to get deep into specifics, there is so many other factors that determine speed like page widgets, internet connection etc. This is just some advice on which one to try out first, experience will be your best teacher. These two are leading the way but I have to say HostGator wins the match up because of their flexibility.


Have you come across any month to month web hosting company?

I know that there’s some people out there who want to easily set up their own sites and aren’t prepared or are in a position to commit hundreds of dollars for an annual hosting plan. My own experience has brought me to this realization. I just wanted a month to month or 6 month contract to test then make a decision if I wanted to keep that plan. Hosting companies have found a sure way to keep you committed to their services then try to get you to buy more of their products, termed “upsell”. Nothing wrong with that. I mean you can always cancel but why go through all that hustle when there’s so much competition in this space to research, test and choose the kind of service that best suits your needs? A lot of bloggers have their own preferences and it makes sense to promote that preference especially when you can make a commission out of it. Well I am here to tell you, don’t believe all the hype, there’s not a lot of differences with hosting companies. I have tried and tested a few,  proven that to be the case. Most of them now only allow you to buy their hosting services for at least a year with some  promotional products such as a free domain or marketing and advertising credits. There’s always a renewal fee of about $13 at the end of the year for your domain. HostGator has had it’s fair share of customer complaints but for their affordable price and the fact that they still allow a month to month payment plans, they are still my favorite host.  I would suggest you try them out if you don’t have a website yet. If you already have one, can you share who your  host is and why you find them better?  Lets have a frank discussion.

Best!

Lifa Nati

 

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About Lifanati

My name is Lifa Nati the founder and Editor-in-Chief of CheapSense.com. A website founded on the concept of buying well researched domains for a low price then selling for a profit, pretty much like real estate trading. I also review web products, subscription services and focus on price vs value. I am a former analyst with TD auto insurance division and complex property claims with the Co-operators insurance in BC, Canada. I am now a domain investor and part time consultant for an independent risk management adjusting firm. I have got to this stage of my life after going through a financial breakdown, losing my job and persistent bad spending habits. I went through a complete transformation after discovering the business of buying domains for a low price then selling for a profit. This led to the birth of the cheapsense website. I dive into saving tips and domain investing guides. Will be implementing free software for our users to take advantage of. They say things happen for a reason, my "why" is to serve.