The web hosting industry is large and broad. There are so many providers now thanks to the increase in traffic. More and more people go online and want to build their own web site. So its only natural that companies come to satisfy the the demand. Thanks to the large demand we have so many companies that sell hosting it could take ages to sift through them all. There’s a lot of junk out there. Unfortunately many people get burned by terrible web hosts.
If your reading this article, you obviously don’t want to be. So here are eleven things you must investigate before purchasing hosting. Read them and apply them. I’m sure you’ll come out on top and find a great hosting provider.
- Contract Terms
A lot of startups will offer you a month for free, or something extra. An incentive to purchase and stay with their company. However nothing is ever free. Always read the contract and see what they are saying. What are they binding you with? How long do you need to stay with them to get the “free” month? Contract terms can give you a huge bill on your credit card. Always read them.
When do they backup their servers? Many hosting providers allow you to backup the information on your server, but will not do it themselves. This means that if you don’t do it and somethine goes wrong your screwed. You lose out on all the information and code. This can be extremely hazardous if your a small business. I always recommend you backup your own information. If the company provides it, great. But I wouldn’t rely on them.
- 99.9% Uptime
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this on advertisements. While some web host are very good about their uptime, a lot aren’t. You could lose a lot of money, time, and tylenol if you get a bad web host. Make sure their uptime is on the up. Read reviews about their service. Talk to their customers if you can. Even buy the cheapest hosting and test it out. Uptime is extremely important.
- Negative Press
A lot of companies attempt to smear other companies online. So when you read negative press investigate. You don’t know if it is some one that wasn’t communicating, or a just competition. It may be hard to tell at first who is who and what they are saying. So I recommend you just stick with good, reputable hosting companies. You won’t have any problems with a good reputation behind them.
A lot of host that receive awards will boast about it. They’ll usually have links, images, and even articles that link to their award; read them. You don’t want to lose out money because the award was a fake. If the award is real, it will usually go to some type of website. Just authenticate the website. This is also a good way to find other hosts.
Investigations are always needed when purchasing anything. You should always make smart decisions. So investigate and learn about the company you are about to purchase from. It is the only way you can save yourself from headaches and an empty wallet.