Five Tips for Choosing a Hosting Service

Posted by Bhavesh Joshi On Monday, February 4, 2013 0 comments
Five Tips for Choosing a Hosting Service
When it comes to choosing a hosting service it is important to evaluate your unique needs and choose a provider based upon their ability to fulfill those needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in the world of web hosting. Here are five tips to help you choose the best solution for your hosting needs. 

1. What Do You Need?

Start by identifying what type of website you will be hosting. Is it a personal site or a business site? Will you have a lot of daily visitors? Will you need any specific type of operating system or programming ability? Will you need e-commerce tools, such as shopping carts, the ability to create databases or email marketing services? Once you know what type of capabilities you will need on your site, it’s time to think about cost.

2. How Much Can You Pay?

Sometimes budget is a factor in choosing a service provider. There are different types of hosting available that range in price, from free hosting, low-budget virtual or shared hosting solutions on up to a more expensive dedicated server solution with all the bells and whistles. Check prices up front, but also ask about upgrading to bigger or better service options in the future and what that would entail. As your site grows with visitors and volume, you will most likely want to upgrade to more hosting space and better tech support.

3. How Reliable is the Service?

If you've spent any time looking at hosting services you'll see that most say they have a guaranteed 99% up-time. While today's hosting companies are more reliable than services from just a few years ago, there are other signs of reliability that you can check for before signing with a service. Ask questions about tech support availability (hint: it should be 24/7), as well as turnaround time for maintenance or other services and security levels for higher-cost hosting such as rack space.

4. What About Customer Service?

How available is the hosting company's customer service? Try contacting them via email, phone and/or web-based ticket request to see how quickly the respond. Pay attention to the tone, attitude and level of helpfulness you receive from the service agent. How they treat you as a potential customer will reveal much about how you will be treated as an actual customer. 

5. How is the Company's Reputation?

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All it takes is a quick Google search to find out what others are saying about a company's reputation. Social media is also very helpful. Ask for references when you are considering a company and actually contact the individuals and find out how they like their service. Ask colleagues if they have ever worked with the company as well.

There are many options available today in the world of web hosting. It is in your best interest to make an informed decision and choose the company that can provide the services you need and the support you deserve at a price you can afford.


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