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Questions to ask when finding a cheap web hosting
Now days In world of hosting the most consideration is instead of who's got the bigger and better thing, it's who has it for the cheapest and this has not limitations, But if everyone is offering the same control panel, running off of the same type of servers or even from the same data center, why not you get it for the cheapest price you can? The reason is, even though the servers may be the same, the service varies with each company and price. This is not to say that the cheapest can't offer the best service but always remember the old adage “you get what you pay for”.
Before signing the contract with hosting company to get your desired services, ask yourself some in-depth questions to ensure that you understand the services for which you are looking for. And what customer experiences you are expecting from the hosting providers. On the other hand provided services may vary from company to company. It depends upon you to make sure that whether or not the services provided by company meets your expectations. Before even beginning your search, analyze what your needs are. Would you like e-mail addresses? Do you have a domain name? How much traffic do you expect to receive? All these questions and more help in the final decision for that one glorious hosting company.
Searching around for a web hosting company? Here's what to keep in mind.
Response Time of Server
Provided disk space.
Used Hardware and Server Technology.
Custom pop e-mail accounts.
Hosting company's support services.
Response Time of the server refers to the number of sites you can access from server at a time; if access numbers of sites on server are limited then response time of server will be slow. Second thing should be keep in mind is the hardware used and the availability of possible bandwidth. In the midst of your search, you'll probably run across hosting services that offer 'unlimited bandwidth'. This is simply not true, the term 'bandwidth' refers to the amount of information that is past between the hosting servers and the end user. Most hosting companies are connected to high-speed Internet backbones (UUNET, Sprint, AT&T, etc) which charge the hosting company based on their monthly bandwidth from customers. Be sure to read the terms of service very carefully with each hosting company that you are considering, especially if they advertise 'free' or 'unlimited' site features.
If you have purchased your own domain name, be sure the hosting company supports them (mostly do), and be sure they give you at least 1 e-mail address (email@example.com). A lot of companies offer 10 or more custom pop e-mail accounts with unlimited forwarding address at little or no additional cost, which is a nice feature.
In general, if you run a business on the web, you may not want to take that kind of risk. Bad response time, low bandwidth and limited support services etc, Very often, when people ask me about web hosting, they want to ask if I know any cheap but good web host. I only can recommend you should pay very careful attention to hosting company because cheap web hosting industry is very competitive, go to the forums and chats, ask people and then I'm sure you'll be able to choose the right cheap web hosting company.
Here are few tips on how to choose a web host you might find this beneficial: -
Focus on Your Needs
What is your website going to do? Do you need alot of storage space and bandwidth? Or can you get by with just a little? Do you need email addresses @yourdomain.com? Or are you going to use a Yahoo! Mail account (or similar)? What about databases, and spam filters, and website builders?
Develop a list of all the features your site will use - this list will be your key to finding a website host that fits you. On this list, you also might want to include those things that you think your site will need in the not-too-distant future. While it's not as hard as it used to be, switching web hosts can still be pretty complicated.
What Kind of User Are You?
Next, you'll want to determine what kind of user you are. Are you new to the Internet? If so, 24/7 phone support may be best for you. If you're a power user, however, you can probably do just fine with a host that offers only email or ticket support. The more you know, the less you'll have to be in touch with your hosting company. Just make sure that there is indeed a way to get in touch with your hosting company if you need to. If you can't find any contact information on the host's site, this is a red flag and you should probably stay away.
You'll also want to make sure that you will receive a response from your host in a timely fashion - having to wait two or three days just to get an email back is ridiculous. Make sure that your host offers a response-time guarantee somewhere on its site, before you sign up with them. If you can't find it listed on their site, contact them and see how long it takes for them to respond. The ideal response time is a few hours - the absolute maximum amount of time it should take is a day.
How much can you afford to spend for your hosting account? As it is with buying anything else, you get what you pay for. That $1.95-a-month host may offer a really great value, but will they be there for you when you need them? Many of the ultra-low-priced website hosts are not turning a profit, and have not been in business very long - and probably won't be for much longer. To check and see how long your host has been around, enter their domain name The Registration Date field shows when the domain name was registered, so you can tell how long they've been around.
That's not to say that every low-priced host lacks. HostGator and Site5 both have many happy clients and offer prices around the $6.95-a-month price point. And you can find good website hosts that offer service for $3.95-a-month or $4.95-a-month. But I don't recommend going any lower than that. Judging by posts on online communities such as WebHostingTalk, going with a cheap host just does not pay.
The main thing is to pick a web host that you are comfortable with and that works well for you. You'll know when you've found the one that's right for you - it will meet your website requirements, you'll feel comfortable with its support, you'll know you can afford it, you will have confirmed its reliability, and you'll know that its other clients are satisfied as well.