There are some things you can buy on a whim. For example, a chocolate bar or a t-shirt. There are other things you must research fully before you commit to them. Web hosting is one such service, and if you choose any old company, you will regret it in a short time. This article explains to you how to find the best host so you never have to go through the process again.
Reputation: What sort of reputation does the company you are considering have? It is important to research this both online and locally. Ask around to see if anyone you know has or does use them. Ask the company for a list of clients you can talk to as a reference. Then check forums and review websites to find out what other customers are saying about the service.
Not only are you looking for good and bad reviews, but you should check the Better Business Bureau website for complaints. Not only will you find bad news on their report, but you may find good news. A company which resolves its problems with complaining customers is one you can trust to help you when the going gets bad. In fact, finding solved complaints on the BBB site may put that company ahead of those who have no report listed at all.
Availability: There is a lot to be said about a web host which focuses on availability. This begins with your website – what are the statistics for downtime at this company? Your site has to be available all the time or you are wasting your money. Next, how available does the company make itself to you? Can you contact their customer service 24 hours a day? Problems don’t only happen during standard business hours! When you email them, do they reply promptly? You need to partner with a company you can trust to help you when you are dealing with website issues.
Offerings: What you are offered plays the largest role in who you choose. A company which only offers cloud services will be of no use to a tiny website that doesn’t need much space, bandwidth or memory. If you have to have a database for a forum, you need to choose a service which offers that as a feature in your package. Check out the various options and their costs at each company you are considering to figure out if they have what you need.
Price: Let’s be real – you have a budget and you have to stick to it. That said, don’t put all your eggs in the cheapest basket. Compare apples to apples, packages which offer the same features, so you can choose the best option. Sometimes picking the cheapest option means you end up paying extra for all of the features you need, so keep that in mind.
These tips will ensure that the web host you choose is the one you can trust the most. Just follow each one by one as you research your choices. In the end, your website will be up all the time, you will be stress free and you won’t have to worry about switching hosts down the road.