Sorry for another "Wealthy Affiliate is so valuable" type of post, but I just happened to be comparing some hosting packages and found out a few things that I thought were interesting.

Hostgator recently raised their rates, and an "unlimited" baby plan (shared hosting) now costs $10 per month, even if you sign up for a 1-year contract. A month to month plan will cost the same, which works out to $120 per year. You have to lock in at least 2 years for any kind of discount.

What they don't tell you is that "unlimited" means data...not space. You are limited to the number of files (inodes) you can store on your portion of the server, so if you have several websites or one large website, you can definitely hit that limit.

Blue Host offers $7 per month hosting, but that's only for the first year. After that, they charge you $12 per month, and you're locked into a year contract. That's $144 per year.

So let's say that averages out to about $130 per year. If you were not a Wealthy Affiliate member and decided to purchase a "How to Make Money Online" product, it'll cost between $5 and $297 dollars, but most of the OK ones average out to about $47 (no support included).

Web Synthesis, which is quite a bit more advanced and reliable than basic shared hosting, is $47/month. It's Wordpress optimized, highly secure, and fast. However, you are limited to one website at that cost. For more websites, you'll pay $97/month.

Sooooooo, with basic hosting, a free WP theme, and a make money guide, 1 year of business operation could cost you about $180 at the very bare-bones minimum.

Sure, that's cheaper than the $359 cost of a Yearly membership in Wealthy Affiliate...but is it the right business plan for you?

Consider that your $359 also comes with 12 months of support on how to make money with your website, including weekly webinars, live chat, and hundreds of members that answer your questions within minutes of asking them.

Cost and value are not the same thing. Let's reevaluate what the value of the membership is. You can pay $180/year to start a business by yourself...or you can pay $359 to start a business with step-by-step training and 1-on-1 support.


Follow my logic here: Considering that some kind of hosting for your business is a requirement, and free hosting at WA means you don't have to pay any outside hosting fees, you are essentially paying $179 per year for the extra features inside Wealthy Affiliate. (359-180) That's 50 cents per day for professional, effective, online business training.

Some people are independent learners, and don't mind sifting through the thousands of advice blogs on how to make money online. For them, a cheaper option may be worth it. For anyone else that wants a bit of help and a proven way to make money, 50 cents per day is not very costly at all!

*Note: I left out the cost of the domain because that will cost the same regardless of where you host.

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MrEe Premium
I have a website with godaddy i want to transfer it to WA do i have to pay to host?
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Kyle Premium
It is quite a manual process to move a website to WA, but it can be done if it is a Wordpress based site.

You would have to follow these steps:

(1) Download your content locally
(2) Update your domain DNS settings to point to WA. Here are the DNS settings.

ns1.mywahosting.com
ns2.mywahosting.com

(3) Build a website here at WA using the website builder.
(4) Transfer your content over to WA

This is a very manual process and it can be done, but I don't recommend doing it if you have an established high ranking website, I don't usually recommend moving it.

If you need any further help, let me know.
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rockysroad Premium
Ditto Apeng - don't apologize! I am thrilled to have found WA but you left out the best part - all these wonderful people writing to tell me they are following me around and wishing me luck. I was getting emails within the first hour of joining. That has been such a shot in the arm, completely unexpected, a delightful surprise and in my mind the best feature of WA - priceless!
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Apeng Premium
Whaddya mean sorry Nat ... Keep sharing all these valuable posts dude. I don't see why anyone would look for hosting elsewhere when hosting is available here in WA. Thx Nat. Cheers, Apeng
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Martintoal1 Premium
Good post,
Thanks for sharing,
Much appreciated
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NickiD Premium
I had really researched my tail off before joining WA. I had come to the same conclusion as you:)
Sadly, there are tons of bloggers out there that push others into the self hosting platforms you speak of.. But they fail to mention all the downsides and real cost involved. (Not to mention how much time and money is involved in the security side if you don't know what you're doing) I was about to go with blue host the very same day I found WA. Now, I'm just brand new and my website is just a toddler.. But I'm adding content and nurturing that toddler so it will keep growing. Meanwhile, I'm also growing my social media accounts. The hard fact is this: there is no magic time frame to make money on your website. But, if you work it everyday and really follow the training.. You can't fail. At some point the profit will come.
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Labman Premium
Glad you chose to avoid BlueHost. There are many issues with that hosting
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PSenwelo Premium
No neec to apologise Nat, WA is The best!
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SuzQ Premium
Thanks for detailing the comparisons! Value means so much. Think what we get for 50 cents a day compared to stopping for that morning cup of coffee that costs much more!
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Yogie Premium
I know and we all know WA is great. Thank you nathaniell.
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GeorgeEkman Premium
Great info, yes I feel that WA is a wonderful place to be, and the cost is well worth every penny. Thanks
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dj-drea Premium
Wealthy Affiliate really is worth the $
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Dmorrow Premium
Thanks for sharing Nathaniel! This is great info and I love how you break it down. I know I'm gonna be using this info eventually!
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Mark1957 Premium
Woahhh Nathaniell....Amen to all of that!
Mark
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2Al Premium
Great info. Thank you for sharing.
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KariLee Premium
Great article. Thanks for the information and research. I never was looking for a bargain, but I was looking for value, and I really feel like I have found that here at WA.
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andrel Premium
Exactly. I am already at the beginning of my WA era wrote about it, but you explained this more wider in exact numbers. I have no any $$ recovered with my new site, but everything is still ahead, I know.
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sunnyj823 Premium
Very good info and perspective. SunnyJ
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dickw Premium
Hi Nathaniel,
A good presentation. Just confirms that we made a good decision.
Didn't get free ice cream, but a solid program.....Dick
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RoopeshG Premium
A great breakdown.....always knew I am in the right place here at WA.
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Frann12 Premium
Good analysis Nate! Another confirmation that Wealthy Affiliate is the right investment anyone could make.
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CathyS Premium
Thank you much, Nathaniell! You've probably saved me thousands over the next several years. ~Cathy
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evanevaalexa Premium
I like your logic very much , we are blessed to be here .
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rwagener Premium
You're so right - value for money is awesome.
Richard
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jphe Premium
thank you for the information
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cena1975 Premium
Hi Nat, are your One more cup of coffee using WA hosting?
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stn67 Premium
although it is not a business you want to set up. So are you still accomplished member of a unique spam free society under a dollars a day
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi Nathaniell, great analyses. "Viva La WA."
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mommy2eee Premium
Great post! Thank you for breaking down the numbers! Nice to see it visually!
Cheers!
Melissa
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fritz11 Premium
Thank you, Thank you nathaniell,

You have shared and EDUCATED us all on web hosting and the problems out there.
I am not there yet but, when I am...I will stick with WA and be THANKFUL for them.
Lora
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DoubleTap Premium
Love your great thinking, partner!
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EdwardLarry Premium
I enjoyed your writing, is Namecheap monthy or yearly I know it was $10.98
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boucherda Premium
A good coparison. I agree WA is by far the best value.
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Labman Premium
And let's also talk about the security issues that other hosting doesn't provide but are "hidden" inside the WA hosting.

Backups. Yup. Other hosting well, sometimes if you are lucky but mostly not.

There are lots of features to WA hosting that other hosting makes you pay a la carte. It adds up in a hurry.

And then there's support, but I digress.
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Prestones Premium
Hey Nathaniell!

I hope your comments ring true with those sitting on the fence - but as for me, you're preaching to the choir! :)

Dennis
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Mark1957 Premium
I can't sing but I'm in the choir too Dennis, let's hope it's not the cat's chorus!!

Mark
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Judy-B Premium
More proof that WA is the best. Thanks for breaking it down. :)
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Stephanie33 Premium
Thanks so much for this post. Especially the words "free hosting at WA means you don't have to pay any outside hosting fees." That has never been made clear to me. In addition to WA fees I've been continuing to pay Hostgator and GoDaddy when they automatically renew each year. Please see my blogpost where I speak about my dilemma on this issue. . If after reading it you can advise me I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi Stephanie, you probably need to point you DNS from Hostgator and GoDaddy to WA before you get free hosting at WA. Until you do that your sites will still be hosted where your DN is registered. Once you have pointed your DNS to WA, you will only have to pay them your yearly registration fee
Carson has a tutorial on web hosting: "Web Hosting - Getting Started Guide". Hope this helps.
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Stephanie33 Premium
Thanks Harry, I'll check for the DNS and check out the tutorial..
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daviduk Premium
Good post.
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roamy Premium
Thanks for this Nathaniel to me sifting through blogs looking for answers when I need them is enough to keep me here.Been there, know how time-consuming it is trying to find answers how to make money only to be advised to" buy this new best programme".
l gladly pay$1 a day at WA as I'm doing now.
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RonAlderman Premium
Great Blog. And to take the Some People don't mind sifting just a step further.... If they are willing to do this are they are basically saying their valuable time is only worth 50 center per day. Mine isn't and I am sure yours and most others here is not either. Thanks for enhancing the value even further!
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AWHTE Premium
Thank you for this i have always found that is a great value particularly if you mutibble sites right now i gave 3 and will working on 4th. The jnfo and support is reallly the reason it puts WA in a league of its own in ny books
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kmer6 Premium
Hostgator was my old host which use to cost me $110/yr. I am surprised about their rate hike and glad I made the switch.
Ken
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sheiladane99 Premium
Great post Nathaniell. I agree that the value you get from WA is more than worth what you pay for it. And if you start adding websites it just makes sense that it would be more economical to be with WA.
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DarleneB Premium
Totally agree with what you just said.
I just had a website transferred to Wealthy Affiliate. I was paying $37 a month with no support. My website was going down more than once a month. The last time, when it had been down for four days, I finally transferred it here. Talk about support at Wealthy Affiliate!!! They did the entire transfer for me as I didn't know how & didn't even charge me. I can't say enough good things about Kyle & Carson & their company, Wealthy Affiliate.
As soon as my website with Host Gator expires, I'll be bringing it here too. I'm sure it takes all of seconds for the support people at Host Gator to frustrate me.
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krazykat Premium
Thanks Nathaniell.
Glad you are in our camp :-)
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KatieMac Premium
Great post and I agree this is a great package deal,,whilst there maybe cheaper options you do not get the support or training.. thank you
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