Warning signs to look for in order to spot bad hosts.
There's tons of threads with warnings/horror stories about bad hosts, just figure we can make it easy for everyone if we can list the warning signs to look for in order to spot bad hosts in this thread.
When I mean a list of warning signs, that's just it. PLease don't flame here, we just want to know what to look out for so we wont pick a bad host.
Do some research on the host. Search in this forum and google for the host, look for any complaints, or, simply determine how long they've been around. Use archive.org to review the history of their site. If they're a relatively new host, ask if they offer a money-bank guarantee, find out what payment methods they accept. Test their customer service department with some technical questions prior to signing up.
Best tip is to think like a web host instead of as a customer. Would you offer those services, features, and bandwidth at that price? Would you expect to be able to make a profit at that price? Would you be willing to provide 12 months of email/telephone support to a customer for that price?
IF the answer is NO, then move on, you have not yet found a good host. Find a host that you can have a win/win relationship with. You provide them with a continual stream of sufficient revenue, and they provide you with a continual steam of sufficient services.
If you as the customer, WINS from the transaction, but the host is LOSING, then long term you will lose as well.
Kerry Slavin Reliable Solution Internet Services
http://www.reliablesolution.com [email protected]
I dont agree with the paypal only thing lol, a small host like mine starting out doesnt have the customer base to afford 2checkout or anything like that. And so far we have had 100% uptime lol, wonder how long thats gonna last...
Best tip is to think like a web host instead of as a customer.
The advice is good, but not for everyone. It's like trying to think like a car manufacturer when you want to buy a car. Most people don't know much about cars and how much each thing that goes into a car costs and they don't want to spend the time to know a lot about cars for many different reasons.
It's the same with hosting. Not everyone wants to know how to run a hosting business and how much it costs to run it when all they need is a 50mb space and 5gb data transfer hosting account.
But then again, if you do know how much things cost, you should use that to your advantage.
No phone number, No email information on site. Stolen template from template moster. No support options. Unlimited bandwidth,Unlimited space and those Taco bell specials you see for 1000MB space and 100GB transfer for $2.99 a month Paypal only. Download the Alexa Toolbar and the Google toolbar this will give you some info on how long they have been around. If there site is ranked up in the 2 million and they have no google page rank anf they are claiming to host 30,000 clients and have been in business for five years you know something is wrong.