For many people, cost is always an important factor in making a decision. And in the web industry, there are plenty of low-cost or cheap options out there to choose from. Unfortunately, while those options do exist, choosing a service provider or partner based on price alone will not yield very good results when you need a partner to help you through a tough time.
One perfect example that I often deal with is website hosting.
Everyone has heard of the big names, and it is quite easy to go to any of their sites and pick up a $3.99/month hosting package. But what they don’t tell you is the impact that using that kind of hosting can have on your website. Cyber security is more important every day, page speed and mobile loading times are almost crucial to website success, but nowhere do they tell you that if you use this cheap hosting those things will surely suffer. And if you get hacked? There is almost nothing you can do, and they are not going to be there to help. Dealing with these companies and their “Support” can be unbearable, and in the end, I have rarely seen someone walk away happy.
I believe that in business service is important and I believe any good business person would agree. Why then the need to sacrifice service at every turn just to save a few bucks? I cannot tell you how many clients have spent triple the money in the end because they chose to go with a slick salesman or low price tag in the beginning.
The internet is growing exponentially and that means there is a lot of room out there. There is a lot of room for the good guys, the stellar service providers and quality partners, but there is also a lot of room for the shady and untrustworthy ones.
So how do you know if you are going to get quality service from a company or individual?
Well, how do you know if you are going to get good sushi or not?
Look at the price. I doubt that anyone would go to a store and buy $.99 sushi. Why? Because it won’t be good. Chances are if you are paying $3.99 for hosting, that is exactly what you are going to get and you shouldn’t be surprised when you end up needing help and it isn’t there.
The fact is, you can find great partners with reasonable prices that will be there to support you. The reason their prices are higher, is that they are actually doing work. With all of the things that need to be considered when it comes to technology and the web, and how fast they change, don’t try wasting money on service providers that can’t be there as those things evolve and new issues arise.
Most business owners invest in a lawyer, and an accountant when they start their business, because they need their expertise in helping their business succeed. Why not approach a good web or software developer the same way?
D.E.V.S. is passionate about helping clients realize that using low cost, unprincipled development companies and individuals only leads to spending more money and more heartbreak.
Succeeding in technology takes expertise, knowledge and a dedication to doing things right. Trying to make that cheap is impossible. That is why none of the companies that offer that are any good an end up leaving their clients feeling ripped off and mistreated.
Find a partner that will be there, answer the phone, and provide you with services that will help you take your business to the next level. For tips on how to find them, see our article
An Open Letter to Business Owners Using Developers.