Web Hosting guide for customers
It’s really hard to choose between web hosting company in these days, because they try to promote their service with sensational promotions register to our newsletter to receive the best promotions.
But wait a moment before to buy your new web hosting plan, take a look on this little guide.
Coupons and discount
Sometimes web hosting companies share some Coupons and discount offers, but if a little company doesn’t share this kind of offers doesn’t means that they doesn’t provide a good service.
Bulk registration discount
A lot of service out there, offer some little discount if you register in bulk a lot of domain names, usually more than 10 with a single transaction. With this kind of offer you can save a ridiculous cash amount for long-term contract, so I suggest you to try their service before give them trust.
Bandwidth and disk space issue
Often bandwidth and disk space are ignored by people searching for a new shared web hosting plan. But what happens if your website will become really popular with nice amount of traffic? You need to change again your hosting or paid for traffic in excess.
This case can easily happen if you start to share with your visitors some files from your hosting plans. And in a moment you will discover that you had exceed your bandwidth limit.
Unlimited Space and bandwidth
Unlimited Storage seems like a great offer doesn’t it? That’s what some web hosting services want you to think. But, there is no such a thing as “Unlimited Storage”. It doesn’t exist, because a hardisk or two or three have physical material limit.
To understand it you need to search the TOS of your web hosting service company. Especially in a section that mentions CPU/Server Usage, they always have it.
In few words it says if your web site uses more than a certain amount of storage, and in some case bandwidth your website violates the TOS and will subject to termination. Of course, it is necessary for just about every hosting service to have something like that in their Terms of Service to protect resources on their servers from improper usages.
However, many web-hosting services are using the CPU/Server Usage to get around their Unlimited Storage promises.
Free Domain names who really own it?
Getting a domain name for free certainly sounds nice especially if it comes with premium TLD such as .com TLD, however here are some things you might need to take note of before agreeing to the free domains provided:
- Who owns the domain? The domain is free but the hosting company retains the ownership. What it means? You’re either stuck with the company forever or you need to pay a hefty sum to buy the domain back.
- What about the next few years of renewal? The first year is free but when you want to renew it, they’ll charge $19.95+ for renewal. That isn’t a real deal, that is like a 200% mark-up over the average domain name cost.
I suggest you to ask questions during the research process to know who will own the domain and also make sure that the standard renewal fees costs are acceptable. If not that can be something like a Scam.
Same company for Domain and Hosting?
Don’t buy domain names and web hosting from the same company. Your domain is your online identity, and what happens if the company where you bought your domain will go in bankruptcy? You will lose your web hosting, with files if you don’t have a backup for your website files stored on that server, also you will lose your brand on the internet aka you domain name.
Scan Google for Company Reviews
Some people put on search engine like Google query such as: “Company-name sucks” or “Company-name review” it can be a good method to see if that company has in the past some trouble with some customers, but is not a really nice method to compare some companies, because if you find some discussion on the web related to that company doesn’t means that their service are rubbish.