When you are looking to buy web hosting for your website(s), it is important that you take everything into consideration. Anything that may hinder the web hosting experience should be looked into at the time of buying a web hosting plan. Just because your friend has had a great experience with the company, it does not mean you will as well. If you don’t take up the purchase with confidence, you won’t know if they are right for you or not. When you are on the hunt for a web hosting plan, make sure to take the following into account.
Positive Reviews: When you are considering a potential web hosting company, always read hosting reviews on the company. In order to find web hosting reviews, you just need the name of the hosting company. In a search engine like Google, just use the search phrase “hosting company name reviews”. You will be shown several reviews depending on how large the hosting company is. You should always avoid purchasing from a new hosting company, because they have no reviews or experience in the field. Hosting reviews will be mixed with both negative and positive reviews, so read through it and see whether you would purchase from them.
Customer Support: Customer support is the backbone to any hosting business. Without proper customer support, a hosting company will not be able to stay strong. If you have a problem with your site or server, you need to contact the hosting company for help. If there is no support available, you will be left alone with the problem. When it comes to hosting support; it could be provided in three ways. You could get support over the phone, by email or through live chat. If you see that a hosting company offers phone support; you should call them and see whether there is someone at the other end of the line. Many small hosting companies have numbers listed on their page, but with no real live agent. Some people have the fear of losing money when they are dissatisfied with the company. In this case, it is best for you to look for hosting firms that offer the money back option as part of their motto.
Reliability and Speed: The extent to which the hosting service is reliable is very important. Before purchasing the hosting plan, find out the server’s uptime. They will usually send you an uptime report for the past week or month. No hosting company is able to provide you with one hundred percent uptime, because every single server needs to be maintained at least once a week. If you see anything above 99.6%, it is good. Test out the speed of the server as well, because it will affect how fast your website loads. You can view websites hosted on the server, or you could get a test file to download. The download file will give you an estimate of how fast it is running.