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The commitment conundrum

While most hosting companies bill on a month-to-month basis, some may require a long-term commitment. This is especially true with low-cost providers or customers requiring a special configuration. Should you make a commitment?

If a commitment is required to get a discounted price, ask the provider if you can pay the regular price for one month and then opt for a long-term contract after 30 days. It makes sense for hosting companies to give you a lower price if you give them a large sum of cash up front, but as a customer, you need to make sure you’re making the right choice.

As far as dedicated servers go, expect to put money down if you rent a very expensive server or have a complex configuration that takes a long time to set up. Providers don’t want to spend many expensive man-hours installing a specific setup only to have you jump ship a month later. Then again, if you just want an ordinary server with no special needs, a commitment usually isn’t necessary. The majority of hosting customers should not have to agree to a long-term contract to get a fair price.

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