Key Questions to Be Asked When Choosing the Best Web Hosting Provider For Your Website – Part 1

January 5, 2010 by  Filed under: Web Hosting 

General Questions

  • The duration since the company has been in the business?

Its important for you to know the period since the hosting company has been in the business.The longer they would be,the more experience they would have.This would prove useful for online business websites success.With experience in the bag,faster would be the issues sorted (atleast you can hope so).

  • Does the hosting company that you’ve shortlisted offer Good Value for Money

When finalising a website hosting provider to host your domain/s, you need to ensure that you are not paying anything extra for the resources that are offered with the hosting packages. These days due the high level of competition,web hosting services have become fairly affordable.You must compare the resources offered along with the packages and the price that you need to pay.

  • Does the host offer Money back guarantee for the packages?

Most of the hosting providers in the industry offer Money back guarantee.If not any money back guarantee,then almost all the reputed web hosting providers offer trial period with their web hosting packages. This option enables the users to have the option whether to continue using the services or to withdraw them.

  • 24×7 paid or free support

It is advisable to select a hosting service that offers 24×7 assistance. This enables you to contact the host at any point of time and get the issues regarding the hosting account resolved.

  • Flexibility in Hosting

It is important that the web hosting provider offers flexibility in upgrading or downgrading the services availed from the hosting account.

Question for Billing Department

  • What are the modes of payment?

A user should check the modes of payment that the host accepts.For example: PayPal,2Checkout,Google Checkout,Money Bookers,Bank Transfer etc.

  • Payment Cycles offered?

Check if the host accepts payments on a Monthly,Quarterly,Semi Annual or Annual basis. Also find out if the host offers discounts on any of the payment cycles.Accordingly you can decide the cycle that suits your budget.

  • Can the account be canceled if you sign up for an Annual Cycle?

It may happen that after using the services from a web host you may decide to quit their services,in that case you should have the option to so and get a refund of the money that you have already paid.

  • Can an SSL be purchased later if required?

It may so happen, that you do not need an SSL right now.In such a case make sure that the host would enable you to purchase and install it later onto your domain.

  • Does the Host offer additional disk space and bandwidth,if yes then at what cost?

You may experience situations where you do not want to upgrade the hosting package but get additional disk space and bandwith,hence is advisable to make yourself aware whether this can be availed later.Also check the charges for that.

  • Buying a hosting package without registering a domain with the host.

Its mandatory with some hosts that you need to buy a hosting package if you need to register a domain under their registry.

I am into the industry of Web hosting hence like to write articles on the various aspects of Web Hosting.The articles written are basically to help newbie webmasters to understand the various technologies of web hosting.One can have a practical overview of Best Web Hosting and Small Business Web Hosting

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