So you have designed a good website and need a host to deliver it to the world. There is no silver bullet when it comes to choosing the right web, but knowing some of the common pitfalls and mistakes people make over and over will at least help you get started on the right track.
While there is never a guarantee of finding the perfect web hosting, thats what I should not do ...
- Depending on online reviews and testimonials The vast majority of online reviews are written by affiliate marketer who are financially benefiting from recommending some hosting companies, others are written by the hosting company themselves. Online reviews and testimonials should always be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism. Instead, base your choice on a variety of other sources, such as blogs, hosting directories and general web hosting discussion forums in addition to online reviews. Search for comments from actual users of the service because they tend to be more reliable.
- Choosing a Free Web Hosting Free hosting can be a good option for a personal or hobby website, but definitely not for any serious or commercial. Free websites offer a basic web service, but often require that advertising banners be placed on your web pages and not let you use your own domain name. Without a unique and distinct domain name, its hard to get a respectable business identity in the online world. Websites with banner ads are also perceived as cheap and lack credibility. Do not skimp on costs here, go with a professional web host if you are serious about building a business or a respectable website that continues to grow.
- Select by price To be profitable, a hosting company must offer an attractive price plan for its services, but in order to make a profit, a host needs to lower costs in other areas, regardless of whether you spend less money on support or by introducing hidden fees later. Avoid choosing a service based on price. The real cost of a cheap web hosting company is bound to catch up with you eventually.
- Selection of unlimited bandwidth and disk space Your site may be popular enough to attract tens of thousands of visitors every day, but its likely not to be. If so, choose an affordable shared web host and do not worry too much about wild demands on unlimited bandwidth and disk storage. Its just marketing hype and you rarely need what they offer in their sales outlets.
- If you do not know your requirement Although you do not know much about web hosting, its very convenient to at least try to list your first and possible future needs before shopping. Make sure you know how much disk space, traffic bandwidth, technology, databases, and number of domains you need. Some hosts will offer a free domain name. Others require that you register a domain name elsewhere, be aware of this.
- Skimping on quality 24 7 support Support is something you hardly think about until you need it. If your site is down, you want to get it started as soon as possible especially if your site earns big revenue. If your host support staff takes days to answer, you are deeply bothered
Support is not something that can easily be quantified on the hosts sales page, so how do you know if the support is clear? There are a few simple controls you can do first look at the support page on their website. Is it clear and intuitive? Does it provide a great FAQ or knowledge base to deal with common problems? Contact the support team via email and phone and see what type of response you receive. How you are treated now is likely how you will be managed when you are a paying customer. If emails take more than a few days to get a response, or if you are placed in a long queue when you call, there is a big red flag. If they do not have a phone number run for the hills
- Keep all sites in a single account There are pros and cons of doing this, while it may be much cheaper to choose a host that supports hosted multiple domains, at worst and the hosts server goes down, you will Find all of your sites offline in a hit. Spreading your websites among different web hosting companies will avoid this risk, but are more expensive and time consuming, so consider your cost risk preferences.
- Depending on host backup Some web hosting providers may claim to make backups of their servers, but ask yourself, do you trust your important data to a particular web host? While there is no reason not to believe that your web host will not do what they say, its best not to take chances. Make a backup schedule and stick to it. You can not appreciate calm