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Web Hosting Tips While Choosing A Service Provider

Posted in Web Hosting by palcomonline on January 12, 2010

While choosing a web hosting service provider, pay more attention on Security, customer service and performance. Finding a good web hosting package is not difficult today because most companies have very tempting offers.
The hosting packages based on the tangible feature like bandwidth or HDD space, etc. and IGNORE the most important element of the package, i.e. Technical Support. Most of the hosting companies in this segment are Resellers and do not own and run an in-house Technical Support Team. They totally depend on the parent hosting company based in some other country, making Technical Support time consuming and costly.
Another challenge in choosing the Best Hosting package is that the most web hosting businesses engage in “Over-selling”. This happens when companies sell their hosting packages only based on features like bandwidth or HDD space and go on selling until these hardware limits are exhausted. They present unrealistic data about the hosting packages on sale. For example, in a package of 2 GB web space if average used space is about 500 MB, the companies sell more than 5 packages in total space of 2 GB. When web hosting provider prefers easy money over Customer Support then they will attempt to host much more web sites than they can really host. Problems soon appear in the form of overloaded servers, long downtimes and resource-crunch.
To Summaries, the following points should be remembered while choosing a good web hosting package:
1. Do not get impressed merely by the flashy web sites offering so-called best hosting packages.
2. Find out how long the company has been in this business. Particularly see if web hosting is their core business or just an add-on service. Never pay a year in advance with a company who has been around only for a few months.
3. Contact and interact with their support team. You will know if they have a Technical Support team at all in the first instance.
4. If you have special needs (for example, your own DLL or SSL or may be high-traffic requirements very populated sites tell The Technical Team as well as Sales manager about this in advance and get an ok from them preferably in writing.
5. Always have your domain control user id and password. This is handy specially when the web hosting company fails to provide good services and you are forced to move. The challenge will be that you will need approval from them in order to move your domain name to other service provider.
6. Passwords for your domain name registrar and your web hosting control panel should be different. This will ensure that in case your site gets blocked by the hosting provider, you will be in control and will not be in danger of loosing your domain name. Loosing some data can only be expensive but loosing your domain name is a catastrophe. Follow this rule and Avoid.

General Points to remember in every purchase:

1. Read and understand the TOS (“Terms Of Service”). If you do not understand any terms ask for clarifications from the company.
2. Look for a 30 days money back guarantee if available.
3. Make and keep your own backups, even if your host provides it in the package.
If you don’t know from where to start then let me know me@ashishchowdhury.com , if I can of any help to you. I Wish you the very Best of luck in finding a good web hosting company !

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