When it comes to selecting a website-hosting company for your websites, there is no doubt that you want the best provider available. But is your web hosting company giving you the best possible value for your money? There are many tricks used by unscrupulous companies in order to make you part with your money while providing you with sub-par services.
Bandwidth is one of the main things look out for while deciding a hosting company. Most companies offer different packages in this regard and many offer unlimited bandwidth allocation. Unlimited bandwidth is not required in most cases as only a handful of websites put a strain on it and the concept of unlimited is somewhat of an enigma.
There is always a limit on the bandwidth; some companies mention this while others omit it completely. Calculate the possible bandwidth needed by your website and select your package plan accordingly.
Unlimited Disk Space
As with bandwidth most providers allow you to choose the amount of disk space required by your website. If the company says that it provides unlimited space, more often than not, it is a sham.
Opt for a company which gives limited space but allows you to increase the space allocated in the future if needs arise unless your website is going to stay more or less of the same size. Remember there is no such thing as infinite disk space.
Network or Server Uptime
Many people tend to get confused and mix up these two terms and website-hosting companies take advantage of this fact by claiming to provide 100% uptime for severs which is always a myth. Network uptime is the time when the LAN is working properly as all the servers in a private network are joined to the Web through the LAN. This can and should have 100% uptime.
On the other hand, server uptime is the time when a server is connected to the internet. This can never have 100% uptime as servers are not accessible all the time via the internet even though it is linked with the LAN as servers require periodic maintenance and updates. The maximum possible server uptime is 99.99%, the standard throughout the industry.
Free Domain offered by your web hosting company
Many people believe that a free domain is tantamount to not paying for the domain for life. This is only partly true. Some hosting companies do give you a free domain whenever you decide to use their hosting services but never for a lifetime.
You must be a customer of that company for this rule to be applicable. As soon as you stop renewing your account, they will begin to charge you.
Web hosting account and the Server
It is a common misconception that a hosting account empowers you to do anything to the server provided. There are always some rules and regulations governing your server usage.
Go through the terms thoroughly before committing to a contract. Deciding on a Web-hosting company is a tricky business and should be done with utmost concentration as shifting to a new one is a messy job