Web Site Hosting Doesn't Have To Be A Headache!
Web hosting doesn't have to be a headache! In recent years, the
web hosting industry has become increasingly competitive and is
continually offering more perks, increased space and better customer
service than ever.
Unfortunately, the frenzied levels of competition
among the hundreds of thousands of web site hosting providers on
the Internet has caused a number of them to use questionable and
desperate marketing tactics to get your business. Many web-hosting
companies don't make profits by establishing a solid customer base,
but rather by having a high turnover. The more customers that sign
up and then drop out, the more dollars they make. All they are really
after is your email address and the opportunity to spam you with
email from their advertisers.
Thankfully, not all Internet hosting services
take this attitude. There are some brilliant solutions companies
out there who respect their clients and encourage their sites to
thrive and grow into successful online businesses. These are the
companies with a long-range plan and tend to diversify into other
areas as they grow, offering their clients wider and more specialized
services such as domain name registration and site monitoring facilities.
Finding the diamonds among the rhinestones
is the challenge when it comes to finding a reputable web hosting
service. Sifting through the fine print of their various "terms
and conditions" is a huge task that defies the very concept
of reading the fine print before you buy. Quite frankly, who has
time for this?
The only way you can determine if the web hosting service is up
to scratch to ask questions. Creating a template email (essentially
a brief quiz) to send out to domain hosting companies is the most
time efficient way to avoid be disappointed by "smoke and mirrors"
Be candid when you send out your email to
the hosting services and let them know that you are shopping around.
You can make this clear by putting all the company addresses in
the cc field of your email address format. If they don't respond
to your enquiry within 24 hours, delete them from your contenders
list. The same goes if they just send you links to promotional material
without any personal response. The rationale behind the 24-hour
deadline is that if a web hosting company can't respond to a pre-sales
question quickly, then they are probably just as lax when it comes
to customer support.
The first step in tracking down the best
and most affordable web hosting company for your needs is to hit
your favorite search engine and visit web site hosting firms. Start
collecting email addresses of the various companies. Briefly look
around the site and take a look at the company profile. If there
is no company profile, don't even consider it as a web host.
Remember not all hosting solutions
are created equal. Sending out an initial query can save you a lot
of time as well as unnecessary services or fees. Good customer support,
and a lot of features can cost money. This is a very competitive
industry and there are some good deals to be had, but if something
looks too good to be true, it probably is. Spending a little money
on a quality web hosting service can save you a lot of headaches
in the future.