Hosting can vary in price from one provider to another.
Some host providers will lock you in with a contract. Some even get you in with a low price and boost it after a short period and you end up paying more in the long run.
If it seems to good to be true then it is. On average you should be paying between 7-10 dollars per month unless you are dealing with a developer that can absorb some of the costs due to the volume of sites they are hosting.
Some host providers include the SSL certificate in the cost of hosting.
The benefit of this is one less expense if it is within the normal range of hosting costs. Like everything sometimes the cost is build into the hosting price so remember to get comparison quotes on hosting.
What do you need to confirm with your chosen provider?
Read the fine print before signing and understand what your getting for your money. Ask these questions:
- What is the monthly cost for hosting?
- How much is the annual hosting?
- Does that include the SSL Certificate
- If the certificate is not include how much is it?
- Can I move to another provider and be reimbursed any unused months since my renewal or part of my hosting paid in advance?
- Can I pay hosting on a monthly basis?
- What is the speed of or bandwidth with that provider?
Can you transfer your SSL Certificate if you change providers?
Unfortunately this is mostly a no as each certificate is linked to a one domain address. Unlike moving house you can take all the contents with you to a new address and transfer your contents insurance policy to the new address. The SSL certificate evaporates when you exit the address and you will need to get a new one at the new location. Even if you remain with the same provider each address is unique and is non transferable. However some providers will absorb this and issue you a new SSL certificate.