Web Hosting Consumer Tips

                   

Choosing right hosting is something that an increasing number of people has to deal with, and with the number of hosting providers and types that are available, not everyone is familiar enough with the subject to be able to easily reach an informed decision. That`s why we have made a short list of some of the potential questions and dilemmas that you may face when finding a perfect host.

Choosing the Hosting Type

The first thing to do would be to decide on the type of hosting that you will go for. Depending on your budget and the exact needs of your website, required bandwidth, storage space and the amount of control that you need to have over server settings, you will have to decide between dedicated, shared or VPS hosting. There are other types, but most people will be able to find their perfect plan with one of these. 
Shared web hosting is very affordable, and basically means that your website is hosted on the same server with many other websites. It is very common that all websites on that server share the same IP. 

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are a step between shared hosting and dedicated servers, and they are similar to dedicated servers because in both cases user has an administrator account so he can install and perform any software, and it means that you have multiple servers on one hardware installation. 
With dedicated servers you are the only customer who has the access to a physical server, so in short you have your own server for conducting business.


Register your Domain Name Separately

Most people who want to storm through the deciding on hosting phase usually automatically agree to also register their domain name through the same provider. While this may turn out perfectly fine, and never inconvenience you in any way, you should still at least consider registering your domain name elsewhere. This gives you a level of freedom and independence from the current host. If the provider stops operating, you won`t be in as much trouble as you would have been if you placed all your eggs in their basket. Additionally, always make sure that you own the domain name that you bought, a number of people who used unreliable agents ended up renting the name that they paid for.

Make Sure that You Know the Provider

This is, basically, to say - do your research. If a provider has a habit of treating their customers badly, you can be sure that there will be plenty of mentions of that online. After all, hosting is one of the businesses with a client base that is guaranteed to be computer literate. Naturally, you also have to keep in mind that people can be too quick to complain, so don`t just automatically dismiss a company as soon as you see the first negative review. You should also try and determine what their customer service is like, as they can be crucial for smooth operations of your site, and their willingness and ability to help can make a world of difference for you. The best way to learn just about anything you want to know about a provider is to find one that offers a trial period that is long enough for you to decide whether you want to entrust them with your website.

Do your own Backups

Even though providers are usually fairly reliable with backing up your site, you should never leave things to chance and risk having their problem turn into yours. Do regular backups of your website independently from the provider and spare yourself a potential headache in the future.

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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