How to Review Web Hosting Companies
As with any type of new product or service you want to review the company before buying. The same applies to choosing a new web hosting company, but how do you go about reviewing them? Especially if you don’t belong to any internet related forums and are just starting out? Look no further than this article for the answer.
Social media can be your biggest friend when it comes to reviewing any company. You no doubt have lots of friends and connections, plus they have their connections too. You never know who knows who so asking for reviews and feedback on social media is your best starting point.
You can post a question, ask for advice on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You can also send out a Tweet asking for feedback on a particular question or company.
Not sure what type of questions to ask? Here’s a few examples to get you started.
- What company do you host your websites with?
- How long have you used them?
- Do you recommend – name of company – for hosting a business website?
- How good is – name of company – customer support and how quickly do they respond to tickets?
- What happens when a problem is found and how long does it generally take to resolve a ticket?
- Is their control panel easy to use?
- Have your sites experienced a lot of down time?
- Does – company name – keep their servers and equipment up to date?
You can ask any question that you like, if you can’t find an answer then ask on social media. You can also search for the company and find their social media sites. Do a Facebook or Twitter search and then you can see what type of questions are being asked and if there are any unhappy customers?
Don’t forget to use Google and do a search for the company. You can always add the word “review” to your search string. This should turn up lots of unbiased reviews for you to read.
We suggest reviewing several companies and then compare them. See who has the fewest complaints, which company has the best customer service, and which sites are easiest to use.
Choosing a web hosting company takes time and effort. In reality you are housing your own property online. So why not make an educated decision and take the guess work out of the equation by reviewing the company first?
A web hosting company will offer a variety of packages for their customers. Selecting the correct package is not always easy. Use this article to help you decide what to look for in a hosting package.
A hosting package is made up of basic components and then enhanced with additional features. These features can often increase your monthly price quite substantially, so be careful what you chose.
The basic components of any web hosting package will include:
- Disk space
- Bandwidth Usage
All of the above can be a fixed amount or they could be unlimited. For example you can host just one domain on your package or you could host an unlimited number.
You want to select a package that meets your requirements. This will include how many domains you want to host and the amount of data you want to upload and download each month.
Another consideration is that of future growth. If you are setting up a new business and expect this business to grow quickly. It is important to have accommodations for this sudden, new growth, within your hosting company. If you eat up all of your resources you may find yourself with no website online! This is why you want to choose a large enough plan that suits your budget.
The next items in your hosting package will be those that provide you with additional features. This can include things like a website builder, an easy to use Control Panel, email functionality, customized cron jobs, access logs and FTP accounts.
Some of these items are more suited for programmers. But if you are planning on using a specific software or script then check that the hosting company can accommodate this. You may require a certain PHP level or ht and SSH accesses.
Look closely at the type of support, both customer and technical, that is offered in your package. Some companies will not go in and fix certain items for you, while others are more than happy to do so. Ensure that the company has good technical support so they can walk you through any type of process as needed.
Compare the web hosting package to see which one meets your requirements. It is better to have more than enough bandwidth and disk space so that you can grow into it.
Ask the web hosting company questions so that you can select the right package. This also gives you a chance to test out the company’s customer support service at the same time. Believe me you will need their help at some point.
Read this Before Signing Up for Web Hosting
When signing up for a new web hosting account there are a few things you should be aware of. These include those small details that aren’t included on any sales pages.
When first signing up you may be tempted by the low prices that are offered over the long term. This may include signing up for a one year deal or more. While this option may sound great, what happens if you have problems in the first few months? Does the company offer a refund? Many do not so this is something to be cautious with. Your best bet may be to try out the company first and then sign up for a longer term offer when you are completely satisfied.
Unlimited bandwidth does not really mean unlimited. Most hosting packages are run on shared servers. This means that your site has to share resources with a ton of other sites. If one site uses too many resources it can cause all of the sites to go down.
One reason for this is sites that use too much CPU usage. If your site goes over a certain limit, the hosting company will suspend all of your sites. Some companies do this without any warning. One morning you will discover that all of your sites are offline.
It is important to know what your limits are and to pay attention to what scripts and software you are using on your site. Basically this means not uploading and activating all those latest and greatest programs and software. Especially when you never get around to actually using them. Just leaving those running can eat into your CPU limits.
If you purchased your web hosting during a special offer, check what your prices will be when the offer has expired. Sometimes a low upfront offer may lead to a much higher price after your trial period has expired. This is similar to buying a new domain name. You can often pick a new domain up for a couple of dollars, however when it comes time to renew it the cost has jumped to $15 or more.
Another word of caution is to look at what type of scripts are included in your package. Some companies will charge you extra if you decide you want a certain application installed.
Before signing on that dotted line, ensure that you understand what you are getting for your money. Ask questions on any area that you are not clear on.
Next we’ll look at a brief review, and go on to talk about the C Panel and that all important SUPPORT. You should then be in good shape to plan your hosting choice.