Web Hosting Service: 7 Questions To Ask
A good quality web hosting service can be difficult to find. There are a million companies all essentially offering the same thing, what criteria can you use to distinguish the competent from the pretenders? In this article I present my top seven questions that have to be answered correctly before I will sign up with a new hosting company, for my own company or one of my clients.
Web Hosting Service 7 Pre-Sale Questions
1.) Backups? â€“ Ask about what is backed up you want to hear that all files and databases are backed up, not just files or just databases.
2.) Data Center Location? â€“ Avoid hosting with companies that have their datacenter in areas that are subject to extremes of weather or are politically unstable.
3.) Phone Support? â€“ Is there a support phone number on the website? If not find another web hosting service. If there is call the number and ask a couple routine questions from this list.
4.) Testimonials? â€“ Can you find the name and websites of other sites that host with this company? Look for web hosting reviews if you can find a reliable testimonial.
5.) Crowded Servers? â€“ Ask how many sites do they put on each server?
6.) Spam Complaints? â€“ Since youâ€™ll be sharing servers, youâ€™ll want to make sure you donâ€™t have any bad neighbors.
7.) Patch Management? â€“ How current are their software installations? What version of PHP are they using? Find out and then go to php.net and check the current stable version.
While this is not a completely exhaustive list of factors that determine the quality of a hosting service, it is a quick and useful way to avoid the most common causes of problems when choosing a web hosting company.