There are countless web hosting services out there and let’s face it, it’s one of those things – like electricity – that you only think about when the bills comes or when it’s not working. At least you hope that’s the case.
But if you’ve chosen poorly, you could be in for a lot more headaches than you think.
Here are the three most common mistakes made when selecting a web host – please note, they are all driven by the almighty dollar.
1/ Price over reliability, quality and service: We all love it when things are cheap (even better if they are free), but when it comes to web hosting, choosing based on price alone could be a losing strategy. Remember, you are in business to make money, which means you need a reliable web service. Every minute of downtime affects your bottom line. And then, when you realise your plan is not up to scratch, the time it takes to find a new one eats into the time you have to work on your business. So why not do it right the first time. That’s not to say that there aren’t some reliable services offering competitive pricing, but it pays to spend the time researching them before you jump in feet first.
2/ Web hosting is never “free”: Some hosting services offer a basic hosting plan which is “free” but it means you don’t get a customised URL (your personal “address” on the world wide web), and the features are limited. And when you want to upgrade – or get your customised URL – it will cost money. As author Robert Heinlein wisely put it TANSTAAFL (“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”). And then when users realise that they need to pay to get more features, they will pay the same hosting service that they signed up with for “free”, which means you will be sharing with many, many “free” users and there’s only so much bandwidth to go around. It would be like sharing your house with a bunch of freeloaders who eat your food, use your electricity and leave their rubbish all over the place. In other words, a very bad idea. Also, many of them don’t have full 24/7 customer service, so when something goes wrong, it may be a while before you can get hold of anyone.
3/ Long contracts: Web hosting services want to lock people into long contracts, so they offer them as a cheaper rate than if you pay monthly. But contracts are hard to get out of if the service is poor. We recommend you start with monthly payments, check out the service and if you’re happy, move into a longer contract to save money.
Direct Sites Online offer a small but feature-packed selection of hosting options, for a wide range of business needs. Our 99.9 per cent uptime and 24/7 service means your site will be online when you – and your customers need it to be.
For more information or to order a webhosting package, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9557 7623.