As I'm sure you've noticed, there are many web hosting companies out there and not all are created equally. I've been creating and managing websites for over 10 years however I don't sell hosting myself. I would rather help someone find the right solution that meets their specific needs and budget for their business.
Shared Hosting is a very inexpensive way to get your organization's website up and running. Think if it like a shared apartment or office building where everyone has their own office space (website), everybody has their own business name (domain name), and nobody has access to anyone else’s offices (website files).
Dedicated Hosting is like having your own building (webserver) dedicated to your business. This is often used by people who require extra security to keep financial records for example, for websites that get a lot of visitors or for websites that have special requirements such as video sites. You can have a managed server where a team takes care of the website's server maintenance for you, or you can have an unmanaged server where everything is left to you or your webmaster. Just like owning a building, it also comes at a higher cost.
There are other hosting options and everyone will have their take on what is right for you. The only way to ensure that your website costs don't go spiraling out of control is to spend a little time upfont learning. You don't need to become an expert. Look for a webmaster who is ready to learn about your particular business needs, someone who starts by asking questions and really listens to your answers instead of starting with assumptions. Choose someone who is willing to spend time to provide guidance up font, help you learn along the way and will be there to stand behind their work and answer questions you even after the job is done.
Creating a website has a short term cost associated with it but once it's done, hosting your website and maintaining it's content will be the real ongoing cost. Any building starts with a good foundation. When it comes to your website, the foundation is your web hosting and your initial website. If you choose wisely, your website doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg up front and it will be able to grow with you and your business.
Contact me to have a no-obligation discussion with me to help you get clear on what your needs are and possibly help you identify some web hosting companies who offer solutions that would meet your needs.