Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Web Hosting Company
The 5 pitfalls when choosing a hosting package
One of the most important decisions for anyone who wants to start a website is the choice of hosting provider. Here a recently published a top five of common mistakes when choosing a hosting provider.
The five most common mistakes in choosing a hosting provider are:
The choice for free hosting
Although the choice will be the cheapest in terms of price, the question is whether the hosting package really suits your needs. Often free hosting is used to attract new customers. The websites are put away on a shared server that can become extremely slow because there are still many thousands of customers hosting their websites. Moreover, hackers enjoy attacking websites running on such servers because those websites are usually poorly secured.
Closing a reseller account when multiple sites need to be hosted
Many people don’t realize that modern hosting accounts can handle an unlimited number of add-on domainsaan. Still, some companies try to get their customers to sign up for a reseller account by only allowing one website per hosting account and ‘forcing’ them to pay a lot of money. Take a good look around at hosting companies that offer unlimited hosting.
Buying a hosting package through the web design company
Many web design agencies want to offer their customers added value by also selling them hosting facilities. This sounds particularly interesting for customers who do not know the technology. But these are often shared hosting accounts that the web design agency can purchase for a few euros. Other web design agencies offer hosting on dedicated servers, but that is often a bad choice if the customer does not have the technical knowledge to manage a server.
Choosing a hosting package through a registrar
Many registrars, such as GoDaddy and Namecheap, also offer hosting services. Although they are excellent parties to register domains, there appear to be a lot of complaints about their hosting services. Especially GoDaddy would not be flexible and ‘webmaster-friendly’. It is wise to choose a hosting company that has hosting as its main business activity.
Domain registration via the hosting provider
Many hosting companies offer their customers a free domain name (if only for the first year). On the other hand, the rates to renew domain names are often far too high. HostGator, for example, asks 15 dollars while Namecheap does the same for 9 dollars. Moreover, hosting companies often charge extra money (e.g. 10 dollars) for an anonymous domain name registration while these companies themselves often do not incur any extra costs.
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