A company, no matter how large, is only ever as strong as its weakest link. Now, in most cases, a company’s weakest link is its web server or its website hosting provider. If you don’t have training in programming, having to deal with technical jargon can become overwhelming. When things get confusing, people tend to randomly pick one and buy it. By learning a few things about hosting, you can end the confusion and avoid this trap.
Shared or dedicated hosting, which is the better solution for you? If your site is very large, or visited by a mass amount of individuals, then a shared server might not adequately meet your needs. Find a dedicated host for more space and bandwidth.
If you aren’t happy with the hosting services you are receiving, start checking out backup hosts. If the problem doesn’t lend itself to an easy fix, you’ll be ready to move to a new host. You’ll avoid downtime and lost traffic to your site regardless of what caused the initial problem.
Your web host should provide you with live statistics on your visitors. Add your own site counter to track the number of visitors your site gets, then compare that to your web host’s stats to check for accuracy. This information will help you tailor your marketing schemes to your target audience and gauge the success of your changes.
Check on whether or not your web host offers some sort of money back guarantee. If at some point during the first 30 days after signing up you become unhappy with the service, there should be some stipulation in the contract that states you can cancel the contract and get your money back. It is not uncommon for web hosts to make claims that cannot be supported.
Your web host should have an excellent reputation. Look for articles or reviews on potential web hosts. You want to choose a host with a good reputation that is well-known and well-supported. Companies that do not give much of an effort or don’t fulfill the claims they make, should be easy to spot as well.
With the information you have picked up, it should be easier for you to read through the confusing terms in hosting plans, and figure out which one is best for you. If you have already signed a contract with a web page hosting service, make sure you prime your IT technician as you prepare for a fresh port.