Selecting a web hosting provider is not an easy task especially when there are a number of vendors in the market and everyone claims to be the best. Here are some common mistakes that most people make when choosing a web hosting company:
Falling for the price trap
This is a very common mistake because many different companies offer so called free web hosting services. However, a common drawback is most of these free web hosting plans do not offer the required features that you need for your website and/or most of them force you to place advertisements on your website.
Hosting with a re-seller is not a bad idea. However, you must do in-depth research – sometimes a re-seller is very good overall but inexperienced when it comes to scripts and server environments.
Not clearly defining your requirements
One should keep a list of what resources your website needs and add to that list as it grows. This will make it simple when you need to upgrade your web hosting services in the future.
Forgiving a host’s bad or limited website
If a web hosting provider cannot or would not take the time to put together an informational website for their own business, most likely they won’t be too concerned about yours either. Look out for cookie cutter websites.
Putting all eggs in one basket
If you manage a number of websites, it may seem like a good idea to have everything in one account. You can simplify your billing and get a better deal. But that is not always the case. If your websites generate revenue and they are all interconnected, having all of them down at the same time is bad.
Relying on host backups
Always keep your own backups, even if your web hosting provider performs backups as well. It happens far too often – a customer’s website goes down indefinitely and they couldn’t put the website on another web hosting provider because they didn’t have any backups of their own.
Trusting your host to have the latest software
New software or latest patches are meant to plug security holes. Check with your web hosting provider what versions they are running and how often they make updates before you purchase web hosting services from them.