If you are a web hosting aspirant and you are confused about where to start from, here are some effective tips for your help.
Check multiple options
Before settling for web hosting, always check multiple options, check forums for suggestions, take advices of experts. There will be people who will be paid to recommend specific ones. Beware of them. Look for genuine information. Do your independent research to find out the best deal. You will find both good and bad reviews of all, but make sure numbers of good reviews are more than the bad ones. Check out numbers of actual users of each hosting site.
Billing is important criteria
Don’t settle for a web host which fails to automate and smoothly run the process of billing and payment.
Avoid outages inclined web hosts
Don’t settle for a web host which faces constant outages. They may have plenty of excuses for it, but frequent and lengthy outages can’t be justified in any way. Good web hosts have back up plans to prevent extended outages. Your website can’t afford to be unavailable much often. It not only affects your reputation, and income; but also affects your search engine ranking. If your web remains unavailable for more than 24 hours, it’s indeed serious matter; particularly when you have not been notified prior to it.
If your website has remained unavailable for more than 24 hours and the host hasn’t taken any measure for the same, start looking for a new host. Extended outages need to be checked immediately. An unprofessional web hosting company is to be avoided.
Apart from maintaining backup with host’s server keep back-up of your website in your own computer or another server. Your web host may not regularly keep back-up of your site, so don’t count on the same. At times host goes down or bankrupt, so your back-up may go away forever. Generally web hosts clarify this in their list of terms of conditions.
Don’t register the domain name through web host, as there is a big risk of losing your site to the host in case tomorrow it goes bankrupt, cheats, vanishes or gets into conflict. You will lose the chance of shifting your website to another host.
Don’t pay in advance
Don’t get seduced by huge discounts from web hosts and end up paying in advance. After payment you may find it a fraud or it may simply go down forever, and also refuse to pay you back. Rather than ending up in mess, pay for your hosting by month.