After getting thorough with the basics of web hosting in the previous two parts of this guide, now it’s time to know how to select the right hosting service for your needs. The final part of the web hosting beginner’s guide walks you through the web hosting selection process.
Lesson #8. Selecting the Right Hosting Service
How Do You Pick the Right Hosting?
Picking the right web host for your site is really very essential and it can sometimes be really a tough task to do. Apart from just scanning through the various web host providers on the net, you will have to dig deep into all the available plans and start comparing each one of them and also importantly go through the customer reviews. But after that, you will also have to look for what is not written about the service. This will put you in a position to pick the right hosting service.
There are probably thousands of questions, which you may ask the web hosting service providers; however, if you can get the answers for these listed out questions before you register with the web host, you will have a proper understanding of what you are likely to get such as what you can expect from the provider in the long run, how you will be treated by them, or if the company is really trustworthy.
Here are some of the important things that you must be asking your web host.
#1. Find out about the uptime guarantee. If it is less than 99.9%, forget it.
#2. Find out what the average monthly uptime is.
#3. In case you are looking for a service model that is tangible, you need to find out as to where your servers are located physically and also find out if you are provided with any choice to pick your location.
#4. Find out the kind of customer support you will be getting. Check if you will get tech support via mail, phone and chat. If the chat/phone is available, find out if it is going to be 24/7 support
#5. Find out what kind of assistance is offered for setup. Check if it costs a few additional bucks.
#6. Check what kind of e-commerce functionalities are inclusive in the plan that you have decided to go with.
#7.Find out what kind of payment options available. For instance, check if you have to make the entire payment at one go or if you have the option of paying in installments.
#8. Find out the other fees and renewal terms. You will have to know when you will be due for the next payment and what is the price you will be charged.
#9. Find out if you can switch to a different plan in future or upgrade your services in a few months.
#10. In case you are looking for a hosting plan that is unlimited, you need to first figure out which plan you are going for as all the unlimited plans do have certain limitations.
#11. Find out if this company is the original hosting provider.
#12 Check and see what the security measures are.
#13. If you are looking for a proper dedicated hosting environment, then you should find out as to who is in charge of managing these servers.
#14. Find out for how long the company has been in this business and check if they have changed the ownership by any chance
#15. Find out what the server upgrade protocols are. See if the firm is able to update or upgrade the servers without any downtime and also find if that is the case, at what point of day these updates are done.
#16. Find out the requirements of the provider for cancelling the hosting contract and find out what is the required notice period.
#17. Check out if the service provider is going to offer any sort of free trial. Most of the providers do offer at least a 30-day trial period; however, some of them offer longer periods, therefore it is good to find out regarding this from them.
#18. Find out what the consequences are for companies that take away a lot of bandwidth as well as storage in the shared hosting space and also find how the provider manages such situations.
#19. Find out about the setup process in detail and also get to know what exactly your responsibilities are.
#20. Find out if the support space is outsourced. If yes, check where it is located.
#21. Check out if they have any policy in case you want to upgrade the hosting service during the mid of the contract period. Check if this can be done easily or if this will incur additional cost for requesting the change.
#23. Check if there are any restrictions or limitations for the kind of tools and software that you can configure.
#24. In case there was a network hack by someone, then what will be the guarantee of restoring the data? And check if they have any serious measures in place.
#25. Check out if there is any setup fee. If yes, find out how much it is and see if you are eligible for any discount.
#26. Check as to how all the spam issues are tackled.
These are some of the things you need to be checking with the hosting provider. You will have a clear idea if it is worth taking up the web hosting service of any company if you get the answers for these questions.
With this, we have come to the end of the web hosting course. By now, you must have got a fair understanding about the concepts of web hosting. Re-read all the three parts of this article to get a firm understanding and you will be an expert in this area very soon.