What You Need to Learn About a Web Host Before You Sign Up

23 September, 2013

If you are on the lookout for a web hosting provider then it doesn’t make sense to be too hasty about your decision. You need to make sure that the hosting provider that you choose will be able to fulfil your requirements.

It can be a huge headache to have to change web hosting providers afterwards and you could end up losing money if you have signed up and paid in advance. In order to reduce the risk of you having to switch later on, it is better to be careful about your original choice.

Below are a few things that you need to find out about any web hosting provider before signing up with them

It is important to find out all you can about downtime. This means the time that your website will not be online. The more downtime that a host has, the worse it will be for you because your visitors won’t be able to access your site. Most web hosting providers will claim to be able to offer 99.9% of uptime but they all say this. It is up to you therefore, to find out whether other customers are unhappy about the amount of downtime a website is offering.

One of the key elements with any web host will be customer service. If the hosting provider does not seem to put much store in customer service then don’t use it. If the customer service is not great before you have even signed up, then this is a bad sign.

Reviews are a great way to find out about a web hosting provider. Do not rely on the ones that have been placed on the website of the hosting provider because these could have been written by anyone. The best place to look would be on the forums. Or you could check out potential problems online by searching for the name of the web hosting provider and typing + problems in the search box.

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