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Things you Should Know when Choosing a Hosting Provider

Posted In Technology Reviews, Webmaster - By Techtiplib on Monday, August 26th, 2013 With No Comments »

Choosing the perfect hosting provider for your website can seem like a daunting task if you are new to it. With a number of choices that you have to make and the questions that you don’t fully understand but are still expected to answer, it is not surprising if you are left with some questions of your own. One of the things that we can do to help you in this kind of situation is give you a couple of tips on what you should look out for and what traps it would be best to avoid.

Read the Contract Carefully

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people just skim through the details of their plan, like they are not aware of the fact that they are directly influenced by it. This is how people come to a provider expecting completely unlimited storage, only to find out that there are always limitations, and that they were mentioned in the contract. There is a lot of information there, but that doesn`t mean that every bit of it isn`t pertinent to the future smooth running of your website and yours and provider`s cooperation.

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Think about Registering your Domain Name Independently from the Hosting Provider

A lot of people find it convenient to register their domain name with their web hosting provider. And while that may be true to an extent, the convenience you get at that initial stage could cost you a lot of inconvenience later on. You may outgrow your host, or find another reason to terminate your relationship, and having your name tied to them could make matters complicated.

Make Sure that you are the Owner of your Domain Name

Whether you are registering with your host, or through some other agent, you have to make sure that you actually own the name. People ran into trouble with fraudulent agents who would buy the desired domain name themselves. This lead to people whose sites became successful enough being practically extorted for the rights to a name they believed they already owned.

Learn All that you can about the Provider

You are entrusting your site to your host, and would do well not to do it lightly. There are a number of ways to find out essential information about your potential host, the simplest one being online research. People can be quite vocal when they are voicing their displeasure, so if a particular provider disappointed enough people, you can be sure that you`ll find mentions of it somewhere. Just be sure to take into account the fact that dissatisfied customers are not exactly always completely objective and in the right when writing such reviews. After a through online research, ideally, the next step would be making use of a trial period with a host. This way you`ll get a chance to see just how effective and reliable their customer service is, and how consistent the provider is with their initial promises.

Ask about Tech Support

The least but not the last important thing is tech support you can get from your provider. What help can you get in the occasions when your site for some reason is not working properly, or not working at all? Before signing your contract be sure to check their customer support. Find out what sort of help they provide and how can you contact them – by Email, chat, or by phone? Make sure you get proper assistance before choosing the most convenient provider.

Author Bio:

Dana Scott is a passionate blogger and a regular contributor to several blogs. Currently while writing for Crucial – Australian web hosting she is interested in exploring, new internet technologies. cloud computing, VPS and online business strategies.

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