The right web host is an important part of your website’s success and should be chosen with care. Poor customer service, downtime, slow speed, and security outages can be frustrating and take up a lot of your time and resources. To avoid this, avoid the following errors.
Commit to a full year of service with no money back guarantee
If you have no previous experience with a web hosting company, you should never commit to a full year with them. This would force you to pay upfront fees that you may not be able to recover if you change your mind or if you don’t like their service. Although some hosts offer “money back guarantees”, there are many hosts that make it difficult to get a refund. So if they provide poor service, you could be stuck with them all year round and this can have a negative impact on your website.
It is good to test the products and services of a web host during a trial month before committing to the long term. It is also important to note that most web hosting providers do not offer refund options for beginner plans. Always go with one who has a clearly defined money back guarantee. A good hosting company will be happy to refund your money or change / upgrade your web hosting plans if you need to, as it is in their best interest to satisfy you.
Selecting the wrong hosting plan
Before selecting a web hosting plan, you need to be clear about the requirements of your website. Is it a basic website with very basic content? Or will it be loaded with a lot of content and see large amounts of traffic? If you are projecting significant traffic to your website, you will be better served with a dedicated server plan or VPS hosting as opposed to a shared hosting plan. Always choose the right plan for your needs to avoid wasting your time and money.
Overlooking the quality of customer service
You are dealing with technology, so problems are likely to arise even when you are with an excellent website host. When this happens, you will need to get help from your web hosting provider. A hosting company with poor customer service would mean that you would be left to sort out the problems and challenges on your own. Even if they have announced 24/7 access to support before committing to a host, test the response from their customer service. You can make a list of unanswered questions on their website, and then test all support channels – live chat, phone, email, send at least one of your questions.
Prioritize price over quality
Although you may be considering choosing a web host because of the price of a service they offer in order to save money, that would be wrong. Most often, quality is not cheap. Going with the cheapest option can leave you with a hosting plan that doesn’t meet the requirements of your website. In order to avoid this and keep your site running, you should only use a reputable web hosting service. This will only happen if you carefully explore all the options available and do not choose based on the price.
Don’t read the fine print
Falling for the “unlimited” gadget
Many shared web hosting providers will bombard you with advertisements promising unlimited access to resources such as bandwidth, storage space, etc. This extravagant promise is used to quickly attract more customers and is completely false. Unlimited storage or bandwidth is just a myth. All servers of shared hosts have a capacity threshold and will generally not function optimally if there is more demand on the servers it can manage. This would cause downtime issues, slow page loading speed, and poor website performance, which could have a negative impact on your website and brand reputation.
Studies that have been done in the past indicate that more than 40% of Internet users would abandon a website that takes more than three seconds to load. They never consider web hosting problems and just want a fast loading site all the time. How to avoid it? Always read the specifications of the web hosting plan and pay close attention to limits and restrictions. This will give you a clear picture of the actual configuration and help you determine if it will meet your needs.
Free Web Hosting
Free web hosting services are not bad for group or hobby type websites and blogs – although this type of service usually comes with advertisements and banners and is not engine-friendly. research. Although there are some good free hosting services, it is difficult to find a good free web hosting plan. Free web hosting services are not reliable in terms of availability, speed and availability. And because they are free, you have no legal reason for compensation if you experience a downtime or if your site crashes.
With free hosting, you probably wouldn’t have access to free databases and great customer service either. In addition, a free web hosting plan can also have a negative impact on your credibility, especially if your web address reads like this – www.site.get.free.hosting.com/yourdomainname, as opposed to a web address standard like www.yourdomainname. com. In other words, you get what you pay for, so don’t expect much from free. It is better to go with the inexpensive web hosting options available.
Conducting proper research is the best way to avoid selecting the wrong website hosting service. Do not forget to read all the details so as not to be greeted with unexpected surprises. Look for company security measures and availability scores. Be sure to read the terms and conditions and test customer service to eliminate any doubts.
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