Continued: How to Select the Best Web Hosting Service? (7 of 14 Tips) – Part 2
This article is a continuation from previous post on how to select the best web hosting service. Let’s get started with point number 8.
8. No “Unlimited Hosting” Please
Please note that there is no such thing as “unlimited” hosting, especially if it is at such a ridiculously low price tag. Yes while there are companies with powerful servers that should not encounter shortage of hosting capacity, this does not mean the hosting is unlimited.
9. Scrutinize The Small Print And Understand The Policy
Another equally important tip is to always read the small print and also understand the refund policy of the web hosting provider. Find out whether there are any circumstances under which you may not request for a refund? What about the trial period – how long is it? Always make it a point to read and understand these seemingly irrelevant details, so that you can actually prevent unpleasant situations in the future.
If your website deals with valuable data, then backup services are absolutely essential. Does the hosting provider offer backup services? If they do, you should carefully read the backup policy to see whether the services are truly reliable and worthy of your time and money. Before making the payment, make sure you ask your web hosting service provider some of the important questions, such as how often they backup their servers or how many incoming lines the data center has.
11. Be Clear About The Features And Functions You Need From The Web Hosting Service
Web hosting is a complex service and it comes with a plethora of features – you must identify the most relevant ones for your website and your business, and see whether a particular provider is able to offer them. Among the three of the most important features are popular CMS, a private SSL, or a dedicated IP, so make sure to get further details about them.
12. Go for Short-Term Contracts
Make sure to opt for a short-term contract initially to see if the provider can meet your expectations. Begin by choosing hosting services for 12 months and if you are satisfied with the quality of the services, you can eventually extent the contract to 24 or 36 months. Do not choose subscriptions longer than 12 months at first and never fall for promises and low prices. Always do your due diligence when it comes to committing to web hosting contracts. Be patient and make the right decision. Just because there is a discount for buying a longer subscription doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea!
13. Does Your Web Host Has Black Holed IP?
Not many people are aware of this, but some providers have what is known as a “Black Holed IP”, and you can check to see whether your provider comes with such an IP by simply using the Spamhaus Block List, a handy tool that analyzes the IP address and gives you detailed information about it.
This is to prevent the provider from charging you for the hosting services after you have cancelled your account. Because sometimes the web host’s automated software continues to charge your account even after you terminate your contract – to avoid that, it is better to pay with your Paypal account and simply cancel the subscription via Paypal.
In conclusion, while there are many web hosting service providers on the Internet, not all of them are suitable for your website. Different web hosting is suitable for different purpose. This is why it is important to read the terms of service and user reviews and testimonials, as well as to carefully analyze their products and services. The more in-depth you do the research, the better it will be for your website and for your return on investment.