It is no secret that one of the keys of every successful website out there is the right choice of a hosting company. Of course, there are companies big enough to run their own servers and host their own websites, but for the vast majority, putting up a website will definitely include choosing the right hosting company for your needs.
But, how do you recognize one such company? What are the signs of a good hosting company?
There is a large number of hosting companies vying for your business. It is a good business if you have the means to cover the initial investment and due to this, there are new hosting companies popping up all over the place, all the time.
What you need is someone who has been around for a while and whose customers have been satisfied with their work for years.
Do not get us wrong, we are not saying that new companies cannot be good, but you should definitely be wary of getting into a long-term hosting deal with a company that shows up rarely when you search it online and that does not have years of paperwork behind them.
Sure, there are hosting companies that specialize in a certain type of hosting and do not even bother with the rest. For example, some hosting companies will do only VPS hosting or even only WP hosting. And this can be a great thing. Concentrating on a single kind of service can bring great focus to a company and allow it to provide its customers with the best in that type of hosting.
That being said, you will probably want to make sure that the hosting company you are getting into business with a company that boasts a wide array of web hosting options and features. This shows that they are a major company and that they will be able to handle your business in case you have to scale up quickly and go for a more advanced type of hosting.
Their Customer Service
Customer service is a crucial part of any service-customer relationship, but when we are talking web hosting, it is perhaps even more important than in some other industries. Simply put, there is a lot that can go wrong with your website and the hosting you purchased.
You want to know that there is someone on the other end who will be able to solve your problems and put out the fires, so to say.
The good news is that hosting companies with the best customer service and support people are very well-known. Website owners are always glad to share their insights on different web hosting companies and those whose support and service are subpar are easily identified.
In the end, you simply have to take a long, hard look at the prices that various hosting companies offer and try to work out if someone is trying to take you for a fool. After a bit of price comparison, you will get a feeling of what some kind of a median price is for what type of hosting and you will become wary of anything that deviates too much from it.
For example, unless a company has some spectacular reasons as to why they charge 30% more than the next most expensive hosting company, this should be a red flag. If a company is offering prices that sound too good to be true, then they probably are.
Also, you make sure to look out for good deals, especially if you know that your hosting needs will not change in some time and if you know that you are choosing a good company.