Your website is your gateway to the world. People will access your services and/or products through your website. Now, just imagine that your gateway is rendered immovable for a couple of days. How much of your business will be lost when your gateway is closed?
It is for this same reason that your hosting company must be beyond reproach. Your hosting company will inadvertently determine whether your website is successful or not. This is because hosting companies are directly responsible for the performance of all websites that they host including yours. You must therefore choose a hosting company with a lot of thought and care.
Here are a couple of tips on how to choose a hosting company:
1. The hosting company should have an efficient and highly responsive customer care team.
The World Wide Web is an extremely dynamic environment. This dynamism is at times translated into problems for your website. Your hosting company should sort out any issues with your website promptly and efficiently. This prompt and efficient service is only possible if the hosting company has a vibrant and highly responsive customer care team.
It is also advisable that the customer care team for the hosting company operates on a twenty four basis. This will prevent your website from being shut down for more hours than necessary if it incurs a problem during the wee hours of the night.
2. Try out the user interface for your hosting company and see if you can become conversant with it.
An easy to use interface is highly recommended because it helps you to make the most of the hosting service that you are being provided with. It will do this by helping you to navigate freely around the hosting interface.
Most hosting companies will offer you free web hosting trials. This is an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with your hosting company’s client interface. You should take up the company’s hosting services if you find that you are comfortable with its interface.
3. Ensure that you know all fees and charges levied upon you by the hosting company.
This is very important. You might end up paying huge fees for charges you know little about if you do not seek proper clarification on all financial matters from your potential web hosting company.
You should ask for a full disclosure on all fees both past and present by your potential hosting company. You can also make it clear to the company that you are ready to take legal action in case of any future payments that currently remain undisclosed.
4. Ensure that your hosting company offers you enough storage space.
Storage space is important to any company intent on growing its business. This storage space is often offered to consumers on a premium basis. However, a limited amount of storage space is usually free on most web hosting companies.
You should therefore ask for clarification from you potential hosting company as to the storage space currently being offered to you. If more storage space is what you are looking for then it is best that you take up any packaged offer by your hosting company that offers you more space.