Many people say that choosing a web host is a rather simple process, but that is only the case if you understand all the different charges. You need to be aware of the fine print and understand the different things that can cause you to pay more money, or in some cases, have your site completely shut down.
This article will show you what to look out for when selecting a hosting company.
You can almost always save money on your web hosting by paying in advance. Discounts for multi-month and yearly packages are common. However, you don’t want to lock in with an unreliable host. Try out a new host for a month or two before you lock in a long-term commitment, and check out the cancellation and refund policy beforehand.
When you choose a web hosting company, select one that resides in the specific country of the audience you are targeting. For instance, if your site primarily targets people who live in the UK, the data center of your web host should be located there, as well.
Read the terms of service when dealing with a web host who offers “unlimited” services. Many times web hosts will offer unlimited bandwidth or sometimes hard disk space. Read the terms carefully, as they may reserve the right to ask you to upgrade your plan, if you are a higher profile customer, that has increased usage.
The minute you start seeing things that you don’t like with your web hosting company, you should be gin looking at other options. This does not necessarily mean you are going to switch right then, but in case you need to, you will definitely be well-prepared and ready to move on.
Some web hosts will charge you based on site traffic. Ask your host how your bill will be computed. The formula varies between providers with some charging a flat rate based on amount of traffic, and others charging a varying amount according to usage by month.
Take longevity into account with any web host. Typically, any host that has been in service for multiple years is doing something right, or else they offer such unbelievably low prices, that reliability does not matter to their customers. The latter would never happen. Take a look at the host’s time in business; this will help you narrow the field.
If a web hosting package says they offer unlimited services, consider their statements carefully. For instance, if a web host provides infinite disk space, there could be limitations on what file types are allowed. Besides, unlimited bandwidth can mean you have to pay an extra fee. Take the time to fully research the terms and conditions of any unlimited packages, and keep in mind that in the web hosting world, ‘unlimited’ rarely means completely unlimited.
As you are now aware after reading the article above, choosing a web host is not always cut and dry. There are many elements that make up a web hosting service and if you are not aware of these things, you could end up paying a lot more money.
Apply the advice from this article so you are more confident in selecting a host provider.