The web hosting industry is not like it used to be, as competition and demand increased, prices dropped in accordance with the competition. When there were not as many web hosting companies around, they charged their own prices and didn’t really consider their competitors’ prices. Today, there are thousands of companies in the market and they are all competing for your business and in an effort to get your business, they are dropping prices and/or increases services/resources. With the large number of web hosting companies around, it will be difficult to choose one and stick with it. Some companies exist today, but they may run out of business six months down the road. For this reason, you should take the following tips into consideration when selecting a web host.
The first issue you need to look into is whether the company will be around for as long as you’re going to be running a website. A quick way to find out is by looking at the past history of the company, and seeing how long they have been in business. A company that just started up recently does not have the large number of resources a client may require. The company may not have the experience needed in the field as well, as they’ll have trouble when it comes to fixing hardware and server issues. If your server happens to go offline, you want a company that can get it up and running in the least amount of time possible. Along with this issue, read the company’s terms and conditions as well as their policy on refunds.
The second factor to consider is the technical resources provided by the company. When we say technical resources, we mean server uptime, server security and data center facilities. When you are paying for hosting, you want to be able to get your money’s worth, so make sure the server uptime is up to par. As a client, you could certainly ask the company for an uptime report for the last thirty days. This report would give you detailed information on the server’s status for the previous thirty days. The average uptime for a server should be about 99.9% or better. There will always be a minimal level of downtime due to server maintenance.
Being able to get support services for your web hosting account should be quick and easy with your hosting company. If your hosting company does not offer support services around the clock, you should be very hesitant on your decision to give them your business. As a paying client, it has now become standard for web hosting companies to offer 24/7 support. All the major web hosting companies in the business offer 24/7 support through phone, email and live chat. Even though email support and live chat support are not as popular, they are still common in many companies today. Once you have found a web hosting company that comes in under all three guidelines, you can go ahead and think about the web hosting service you want to purchase from them.