The Top Questions Before Deciding On A Web Hosting Company
Web Hosts are all over, and many promise the world for a low price while delivering very little. The problem is you glanced over the contract and now you’re stuck for the term. These tips will guarantee that you make the right choice and get the most from your money as well as maintaining some control over your site when times are bad and the host is not delivering what was promised. If you are looking into creating an online presence in the near future, continue reading to avoid the traps that others have fallen into when choosing a web host.
Customer service is one of the biggest issues plaguing those who sign up with a web host. Most promise 24/7 availability while taking 24 to 48 hours to respond to your issues which could be downtime costing you money. In today’s web world, there is absolutely no reason for a hosting company to not have live chat support. Even if they use a call center in another country, at least basic issues can be addressed until the knowledgeable tech’s get back in the office the next day. It simply would be ridiculous for a web host to not have live chat when you yourself could put one on the site they host for your business.
Never register your domain with the web host. Always do this yourself as this is your asset, your brand and your online livelihood. When the web host registers your domain, they essentially hold it for you, and if you fall behind on payments or a dispute about hosting arises and you break the contract, the name reverts to them and not you. You then lose everything you worked hard for and have to start all over again. Never allow others to register your domain for you.
Review sites are often not objective, but they are a place to view complaints. If one person says customer service was bad and everyone else disagrees, then you can assume the issue is on the consumers end, and there is more to it than they are stating. If several complain about the same problems then you can assume you will have the same problem and start a search for a new web host. In our society, you rarely hear the good about anything on the web, but you can count on the complainers and feel assured about the responses to reviews. Majority rules on review sites, so they are worth visiting before signing up.
Unlimited hosting is definitely too good to be true. Too many people are making money with limited packages to give away everything for a reduced cost. This generally means that the company is struggling to get people to sign up or their service is generally poor and the added incentives make up for it enough that consumers will rarely complain. For personal sites, that may work, but when it comes to revenue generation, you need a flawless host and certainly do not want to pay for more than you need.
These questions are the most common asked and hopefully the answers given will help you make the correct choice when it comes to a host. Decide what you need exactly and do your research before signing up, and the host you choose will be a benefit to your business and not a detriment.