So, you have an astoundingly creative name for your website, one that also falls in line with what your website is going to be all about. And once that is done, and once you have bought, the next thing is to choose a service provider that will host your website. And this is where many, if not most, website owners make the wrong move.
Choosing the right web host is what determines your website’s performance in terms of its speed, loading time and whether or not it crashes frequently. If you are going in with a web host that charges less and in exchange, offers a service that makes your site crash more too often, you are doing a great deal of disservice to your ambitions from your website.
Choose the Web Hosting Service Provider that Offers Longer Trial Periods.
You can never be sure with the trail period of 7 days. Your hosting provider might provide to you the best service for the first seven days, and once you invest in their services, it might all go downhill from there. This is when you really wish you had not fallen into their trap. And this is when you need to avoid getting tempted by those 7 day lasting trial periods.
What you instead need a longer window to try out a web hosting service provider. Look for those who offer the trial period of minimum 30 days. It is hard to dupe someone over a period of 30 days. If they have been providing consistent service over the period of 30 days, they will most likely continue to do so beyond that as well. There are also several web hosts that offer trial periods as long as 90 days. If you can those, that will be even better.
Know How They Refund
Now you won’t like it to come down to this, but you know what they say about hoping for best and preparing for worst, right? So, considering the worst case scenario, you should acquaint yourself with the refund policy of the hosting provider and know if there are any chances of getting your cost recovered if and when certain discrepancy occurs.
Do Not Go with a Web Host That Has Blacklisted IPs in its Listings
If a hosting provider serves certain IPs that are blacklisted, there is every possibility that you might have to pay for that dearly through your website. You can run a scan on http://www.spamhaus.org/lookup/. The scan here will let you know if your host is following nay such practices, and help you make a decision accordingly.
Take Frequent Backups
Good host or a bad one, you have to take backups every once in a while. In fact, if you are running a website on which you update some piece of content every day, I recommend you take back up every day without failing. By taking daily backups, you ensure that if even if you went wrong while choosing a web host, you have some measures in place already to give you something to fall back upon in the worst case scenario.
Change the Password They Provide
And why would you keep the same password your web host provided you? Change it the day you obtain it as you won’t want their personnel to access it in an unauthorized manner. And make sure the password you use is pretty strong – use characters, numbers and a mix of upper and lower case characters.
It’s not all about choosing the right host. At times, you might run into a service provider which dupes you into signing up with promises they don’t deliver dedicatedly, but you can have a set of your own precautions to make sure your site does not take a hit.
Peter Milar is an accomplished blogger who writes on a diversified range of subjects pertaining to the Internet and custom java development. Peter is associated with Xicom Technologies. To get best quality development services, hire Java Developers from Xicom Technologies.