Everybody who’s into creating their own websites would like to believe that they’ve gotten the best web hosting provider out there, but how exactly can you tell if that is the case?
Today, I am going to provide you with a short checklist so that you can find out if you’ve really subscribed to the right web hosting provider.
Great Customer Support
I know that this is typically not what the majority of users are going to look for when they search for a hosting company, but this has to be made a top priority.
You see, what happens to you if your online store, for example, is not accessible at peak periods of the year? For instance, what if your users want to access your online store because they want to buy whatever it is that you’re selling but they are unable to do anything simply because your website is down. What can you do when this happens?
Typically, you would call your hosting provider because it is the one to blame for website downtimes. If you are able to call them at any time, then that is one of the good signs that you’ve indeed gone for a reliable hosting company.
You might not need it right off the bat, but a company that is known for impeccable customer support is one that you should be subscribed to.
Another thing that you need to take note of is the price. For some, price is their main consideration of getting a hosting provider. I am telling you right now that you shouldn’t make this your only consideration, but it certainly is a major factor that can influence your buying decision.
That being said, a good hosting provider is one that is able to give you the services that you need at a price that you can afford.
For instance, you might want to get into VPS hosting and you went for a company that offers that for a price that is easy on your budget, then that is a good indication of a good company.
Now, you might think (and even recommend) the use of a free web hosting service, but I highly advise against it for the simple reason that any advantage that you can get from such a service will just be outweighed by the cons.
This might be unorthodox to many users, but this is actually something very, very important. Business entities all over the world (especially ones that provide digital services) are mandated by law to be as transparent to their customers as possible.
That is why their terms of service, as well as their company policies, should be carefully laid out. All of the things that they provide should be said and accounted for when creating such policies and that is why I encourage you to read every policy that a provider has.
The reason why it is important for you to do so is so that you will be aware of what their service entails. For instance, what if, in the future, you want to migrate to another provider, how easy will the entire process be?
Furthermore, what if you are dissatisfied with their service? Are you able to get a refund without any questions asked?