3 questions to ask when selecting a web host

If you’re looking for a web host you’ve probably noticed there are hundreds upon hundreds of web hosts out there all offering similar services. There are some vast differences between these web hosts that will help you decide which is the right fit for you. Here are 3 questions you should ask before selecting a web host.

1.     Are there any set-up or hidden fees?

You’ll find most web hosts offer their plans on a month to month basis much like the phone companies.  Some will offer you no lock in contracts with the ability to cancel anytime while others won’t. Be wary of any web host that charges set-up fees as this should always be part of the service and not charged. This is probably the quickest way to safeguard you from contracts, lock-ins and costly set-up fees.

2.     Where are the servers located?

A great amount of what Web hosts have begun moving their servers offshore to cheaper and lower quality servers based anywhere around the world. Your sensitive data could be stored in any part of the world meaning your web hosts can’t physically touch or see these servers and monitor how they are performing. Obviously there are safety concerns here, but moreover there is a clear lack of control from the web host. By hosting with an web host who has servers in the same country as you,you have the peace of mind that most hosts can be only minutes away from their servers meaning they can physically see how the servers are performing.

3.     What happens when I get popular?

Don’t be penalised for getting popular and generating extra traffic to your site. Some host will charge you through your nose if you exceed your allocated resources for the month. Choose a web host that allows you to purchase extra resources when you need them, and can be easily upgraded as your requirements grow.