A mid priced host that offers a money back guarantee. Some other things I have a tendency to look at, do they have a phone number on their site? Do they respond to an initial email? If these two things are not there I would move on to another option. I've sent emails to many companies with offers I found interesting and if I do not get a response back I assume they are scams.
The phone number thing is just me really. If I have a major problem such as my site being down I do not want to wait for an email or ticket response. I want to be able to call a real person and get my site back up as my business depends on it. So if there is not a quick reliable way to contact them I would stay away.
Last edited by musicman153; 05-03-2011 at 08:32 AM.
In your scenerio, I would have chosen the one that offer a money back guarantee. My personal opinion (with shared hosting anyway), is if the host does not offer a money back guarantee, then they can not have much faith in their own services.
In the UK, under the distance selling regulations, companies are obliged to offer a money back guarantee (with a few exceptions, like earings etc),
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I would call them, speak to someone how do they treat you on the phone? Do they seem professional? are they courteous, helpful? Its good to get to know the the company that will hold and protect your content, depending on what it might be, the relationship you establish with your host could significantly affect your business.