Having good plans for our new website that is all setup and ready to go operational is a big task. Time to choose a reliable web hosting service for your website? Or perhaps you already have a website up but you aren’t receiving the service you paid for? Web hosting is a tricky business. It takes a little capital to enter and overselling is abundant in the industry. With all the corruption, chaos, and bad companies how do you find the right one for you and your website?
The Things That Can Go Wrong With Your Web Hosting
Too Much Downtime: Some web hosting companies and providers have a difficult time managing problems and downtime. Downtime means your website isn’t operational and you’re losing potential revenue and clients. A good web hosting company will be monitoring their servers consistently and will fix problems immediately.
Features That Won’t Work: So you just got your web hosting and now you find out that a feature isn’t compatible and doesn’t work. It isn’t very surprising that a feature is disabled, locked, or just not working on a cheap web hosting company.
Their Communication Skill: Web hosting companies should be providing the best communication possible. If you’re web hosting company has communication problems, errors, difficulties then maybe you should leave.
Lousy Support: A web hosting company that gives lousy support will have lousy services. If you can’t get in touch with their support before you purchase, stay away. Another good tip is to read the reviews of their company.
A Billing Problem: Much of the time billing is an easy 1-2-3. However there are some shady and not so honorable companies in the web hosting industry. Some may not even hold good on their refund policy. Any web hosting provider that has billing issues in the past should be ignored.
A List Of Things That Should Alert You Negatively
Too Good To Be True: If the pricing is too good to be true, then it probably is. Is it enough to cover their technical support and staff? Are they selling well amongst other buyers (ask around)? Remember that you get what you pay for!
Bandwidth & Limitation: Unlimited bandwidth is something a lot of smaller resellers of web hosting will try to sell you on. They use this as a lure and bait, don’t fall for it. Nothing is ever unlimited and usually the limits are below average.
Rate Their Website: You can tell a lot about a company simply by viewing their website. Is it professional? Are they using a custom template or a pre-made one? The look of a website will help you judge just how serious a company they are. A company that wants to sell and make revenue will make sure they have a unique, good looking template. A reseller or cheap hosting company will usually use a pre-made or ugly template.
Now that you know what not to look for and what to be alert of just do the opposite. The opposite of anything listed above is a good sign.