Before you get started with your website and before you launch any online business, you will need a hosting account. Basically, this is the place you will house all your site files, so that users can connect to and view your pages. Further, hosting accounts are the way companies partition a computer in order for each client to store their files. When beginning, it is not necessary to have a large amount of space, thus, there is probably no need to purchase a full server. Since, there are many companies, both big and small, from which to choose, maybe you can narrow down your options with eight simple tips for finding good yet cheap hosting.
#1 Search Forums
Read what others are saying. Often, when there is a problem with a particular company, many people will be complaining about it. And people love to write about their experiences. If you check different hosting forums, as well as places where webmasters congregate online, you will quickly find patterns with certain hosting suppliers. If you see documented problems, don’t even waste your time signing up with that host, regardless of whether they are offering free accounts or cheap monthly fees.
#2 Opposite Ends Of Scale
You’ll find in this business that prices range from extremely cheap to hugely expensive. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the more expensive, the better a host is. Different factors dictate pricing and it is not always good service and up to date equipment. Likewise cheap does not always mean bad.
#3 Send An Email
Before you sign up with a hosting company, write out a couple of questions, even if you know the answers, and send an email or use their chat support. You want to see for yourself how quickly they respond and whether they can speak English or not. Of course, things might change once you sign up, but if they take forever to answer pre-sale questions, you will never get service once a customer.
#4 Server Uptime VS Load
It is very possible for a server to be up all the time, as they say, 24-7, but at the same time, your site’s files are not accessible. Many things are being processed at once on a server, not just on your website, but on the server itself, and other people’s accounts, too. Many factors impact whether or not the computer can complete the request. In order to test this, and see what happens, you will have to watch your site closely.
#5 Reseller Account
Sometimes, it is cheaper to have a reseller account as opposed to a smaller hosting account. All this means is that if you want to host more than one domain, you will have the place to do so. Some companies charge a lot more for single domains and you don’t get much for the price. On the other hand, a reseller’s account will allow you the option to expand.
Typically, review sites are there to make a commission on customers signing up for hosting services. Once the site has given a company a thumbs up so that you buy, they receive a commission in return. There is nothing wrong with this method of earning, but the review will be bias. Plus, the reviews cannot be considered research oriented. They are sales oriented and the plans that they send you to will be the best for them, not you.
#8 Extra Charges
Be sure to read the fineprint or terms and conditions. You may not have the availability to do what you need to. For example, extra fees for overages on bandwidth or IP addresses could add up fast, making the total monthly cost very high. Likewise, you may be required to pay for more than one database, or even for the extension on the domain name. Not all hosts accept all TLDs.
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