Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts when choosing a Web Hosting provider
One of the most important part when you start an online business is choosing a web hosting provider in order to settle your website. It need to be fast, stable, security and easy to manage. In order to help you guys about this, I will list out below the top 5 do’s and don’ts you need to consider when choosing a web hosting provider
Find hosting providers with money-back guarantees or have short-term contracts
Buy hosting plans with long-term contract unless you know well about the provider and trust them well
There’re some points that you need to consider when choosing a web hosting provider. If you choose a wrong one, you may stuck with it for a long time and you will get a big problem on your business. What happen if you buy a hosting and want to upgrade to the higher plan but the provider can not support that? Or you’re reaching out resource limits such as bandwidth or storage more quicker than you expected. The site load is too slow. The up-time is not always as promised?
And the more bad case is trying to contact to customer support but there’s either no answer or bad answers.
So that, in order to avoid those troubles above, you should look for hosting providers that accept money-back guarantee. There’re many big guys offer 30 days or 45 days money-back guarantee with no question asked.
You also look for hosts that have ability to let users upgrade their plans easily and quickly, this is also a good point too.
Research carefully about each web hosting plan you’re going buy.
Focus only on the price, example the cheapest price or the one with the most features
I see many guys are thinking that if there’re many apps, plug-ins in control panel or having unlimited resources such as space, bandwidth,…will make one hosting provider be the best in the industry. It’s not always exact, how about if you pay for features that you will never use? That’s waste of money. Furthermore, having many apps, plug-ins and widgets will drain your resources quickly and you will be harder to find a needed one for you.
Finding and choosing the right web hosting that meet all your business requirements is important. It’s also essential to identify which hosts are going to fulfill your needs and your budget. In addition, customer support is always a good point to have, however it may needs to ensure that they will answer your any tickets with 24/7 support
It’s also good if one web hosting service has a free website builder tool. If so, it can help you much in your website creating. You can easily make your own free website just in a few steps. Let’s get examples as Godaddy and Bluehost. They provide services to all level customers, they always make the hosting management more easier and more frustration-free to all users. It’s also good if you can use many free SEO tools at them without paying more.
Read carefully about reviews for web hosting providers from difference sources
Quickly accept the price they offer without reading carefully reviews and who wrote them
Usually customers use web hosting services from providers and then leave them a review (neutral, positive or negative reviews), the list of top 10 web hosting providers I provided may help many guys who are trying to compare multiple hosting providers. However, it’s useful if they know what information they’re looking for and how to sift them.
So, in order to make it easier, first you should make a list of what features are important in a web hosting that you want to have, then look for quality reviews that people left for that provider. You also need to take a look on negative reviews, such as one-star reviews, however, these are not always a negative problems, example if one guy said that the control panel is slow, then the popular reason that make it slow is related to internet connection rather than the server’s problems. But if you see that there’re many guys in variety of locations said about the same this problem then you need to consider again about this limitation.
You need to notice that the cheapest price at the starting deal sometimes doesn’t mean to be useful or saving in the future (or long-term contract). Example, when buying a new web hosting, usually you will get a free domain include in that package. This is really useful when someone want to save money if he must buying more domain when starting his new business. However, after the first term of the contract (usually 1 year), the renewal price jumps to the very high price, it’s usually double, triple or even 10x times compare to the regular annual renewal fee.
In order to avoid this:
Consider registering domains with a separate domain provider from the web hosting provider. They’re need to be difference. You need to own and have a full control on your domains you bought, it’s better than your domain is own by the hosting provider and you just leases it from them.
Be careful when choosing a hosting plan, and make sure that which features are include in the package you bought and which are the add-ons, plug-ins that you need to pay an extra fee when using such as daily backups, SSLs, extra IPs, extra bandwidth, site security and shopping cart app,…
Focus on skills and experiences about website/server management, you need to improve your skills frequently
Expect one plan will fit all your business sizes
All you guys may know that no one can do everything, especially on hosting & web design industry. It might be hard to accept but it’s true. These are complicated fields, so that you need to make it more simpler, and try to cut down making broken pages, it will cause a frustrating experience for both the site owner and their audiences.
There’re many web hosting providers don’t provide things that they’ve never set up to deliver. Some others focus on specific businesses and they only serve customers in those niches. Example some hosting platforms are geared toward e-commerce while others are good for bloggers or small businesses. Knowing about this will save you a lot of time in researching and may keep you avoid disappointment and frustration in the future. If you want to start a small business or a personal blog then a platform like iPage, Fatcow is suitable for you. They will help you to make a simple blog or an e-commerce site with simple steps.
So that when choosing a web hosting provider to make your website, you should find a platform that suitable for your needs and requirements, it’s also need to be suitable for your skills and experiences too.
Choosing a web hosting provider that aligns with your business goals, this always save you a lot of time and resources if you already have your hosting drag-and-drop site builder functions. Use those resources to another part on your businesses such as marketing, customers supporting or promotion your new products
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