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  Post #1 (permalink)   01-01-2015, 11:35 AM
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There are millions of companies on the net who advertise themselves to be the perfect web company, but only few of them are REALLY proficient web hosting companies. In the world of advertising tactics and gimmicks, few good companies get overshadowed by the rest. There is no sure shot way to determine the perfect web hosting company, is it possible to find a good company ?

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Yes, what you want is a hosting company that keeps your site running, if your site is running you do not need support, that is how I know I have a good hosting company. I look at my up time on my dedicated server it says 100% I have a good hosting company. Simple as that.
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  Post #3 (permalink)   01-02-2015, 01:53 PM
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Yes, what you want is a hosting company that keeps your site running, if your site is running you do not need support, that is how I know I have a good hosting company. I look at my up time on my dedicated server it says 100% I have a good hosting company. Simple as that.
You might not need support but others may. It isn't just tickets for uptime as one might need support to install a script or upgrade it, one might want an SSL certificate installed or a domain name changed. The list goes on and on so how fast, and how willing the host is able to work with you can determine how good a host is.

However, it isn't just about support also. Servers need upgrading (possibly downtime involved) so how well they communicate on such issues, how much they invest into bringing in new staff to accommodate growth and so on all counts towards a good company.
 
 
 


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  Post #4 (permalink)   01-06-2015, 03:01 AM
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The best way to know more about a web hosting service is to research a little about them. You can check out their reviews and customer feedback in various web hosting forums and review sites. This will help to know more about their reliability and stability.
 
 
 


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  Post #5 (permalink)   01-06-2015, 11:18 AM
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There are millions of companies on the net who advertise themselves to be the perfect web company, but only few of them are REALLY proficient web hosting companies. In the world of advertising tactics and gimmicks, few good companies get overshadowed by the rest. There is no sure shot way to determine the perfect web hosting company, is it possible to find a good company ?

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I wouldn't say that just a few of the pack are really proficient but who is good and who is bad goes way beyond a simple uptime like it was suggested below. Even large companies that receive tons of negative feedback still have happy clients who wouldn't change them for the world. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in hosting terms quality is in the eyes of the client. As tastes vary, so do hosting preferences.

This is why in every thread where the potential client needs to find "the best, the cheapest, the most reliable" etc host, almost everytime it comes down to them researching what is best for THEIR needs and not just blindly following anyone's advice.

Sure, when you compare the bulk of web hosts, the really quality ones are not that many but they are not that few either. Research will get you a long way.
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  Post #6 (permalink)   01-08-2015, 01:34 AM
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Do your research and look for a good price, too. You don't need to overpay for the same services that are provided by a well-known host (don't pay more for the name).
 
 
 


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There are millions of companies on the net who advertise themselves to be the perfect web company, but only few of them are REALLY proficient web hosting companies. In the world of advertising tactics and gimmicks, few good companies get overshadowed by the rest. There is no sure shot way to determine the perfect web hosting company, is it possible to find a good company ?

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Here is what I suggest. Go to bgp.he.net and look up their IP/domain/ASN and see where and how they are connected.

You can eliminate the fear of resellers, middlemen and potential fly by night services by locating one that owns and runs its own network. Most of the support issues people have stem from having to first contact their provider who then has to contact their provider and their provider and so on.

Look for a provider who is able to support you directly. Look for a provider that is physically near your server so when problems arise you can be assured that the issue will be resolved in a timely manner.
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I would like to add my 2 cents to all the good advice above.

Finding a good hosting company is like finding a good spouse. You have to make several attempts, some of which will be one night stands (inevitably), some may grow to long-term relationships and only one will be your best bet - your lifetime commitment, the one you will raise your children with. Some people can marry several times during their life, of course - in hosting it means using several providers to keep the eggs in different baskets - yet eventually they will choose the best company for them.

I think the same goes here. Everybody have their own stories of finding their perfect match and no advice from strangers can help in this case. Every client tries several providers before finding the best one FOR THEM. You cannot compete with HostGator for attention - their promo videos are all over the internet and Youtube - yet you can provide your clients with the best service and utmost attention, so they feel they are cared about and their partnership is valuable to you.

In that case your clients will recommend your service if asked - and word of mouth is much more valuable and credible than the brightest promotional campaign...

p.s. I don't say you don't need promotional campaigns...I say you should concentrate on existing clients' requests first and seek for new clients second. They will come.. it's your job to make them stay.
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I would like to add my 2 cents to all the good advice above.

Finding a good hosting company is like finding a good spouse. You have to make several attempts, some of which will be one night stands (inevitably), some may grow to long-term relationships and only one will be your best bet - your lifetime commitment, the one you will raise your children with. Some people can marry several times during their life, of course - in hosting it means using several providers to keep the eggs in different baskets - yet eventually they will choose the best company for them.

I think the same goes here. Everybody have their own stories of finding their perfect match and no advice from strangers can help in this case. Every client tries several providers before finding the best one FOR THEM. You cannot compete with HostGator for attention - their promo videos are all over the internet and Youtube - yet you can provide your clients with the best service and utmost attention, so they feel they are cared about and their partnership is valuable to you.

In that case your clients will recommend your service if asked - and word of mouth is much more valuable and credible than the brightest promotional campaign...

p.s. I don't say you don't need promotional campaigns...I say you should concentrate on existing clients' requests first and seek for new clients second. They will come.. it's your job to make them stay.
Haha, the spouse analogy was spot on, kudos, hope you don't mind if I use it occasionally (all rights reserved ofc)
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The first thing I suggest doing is to check how much experienced in hosting business the provider is. Also check their customer support, you can find it out by looking for some revies on the interent. Another think that matter is security measures. Make sure they provide SSL and other stuff. make sure they offer flexible plans so later on you have the ability to move on. Furthermore it is important to find out if there are no hidden taxes for which you totally don't want to pay.
 
 
 


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Always make sure to research the web host company and look for any complaints, if any, and also test how fast their response time by contacting them via email.
 
 
 


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Excellent topic. Uptime, service and price are the 3 I run into the most. Of those, UPTIME is the most important to most, if not all, of my clients.
 
 
 


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Try to gather as many reviews about its web hosting services (both positive and negative) and serve these as basis in choosing web host providers.
 
 
 


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Hosting companies come and go every day. Some are a flash in the pan of success to suddenly disappear due to lack of interest, funds, or bought out by a competitor.
Your business or organization is not a check or credit card charge in remittance to an invoice submitted. Your business can be adversely effected by the uptime of your website and email service provided. It does not do you (and your wallet) any good if people are trying to find you to get “Page Cannot be Found” or it taking an incredible amount of time to load. Further when people you conduct business with do not receive emails from you because of who you use to host your email is on countless blacklists, it hurts your business in not being able to communicate and it looks bad on you that you are considered a spammer (and you had nothing to do with it).

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If uptime is 99.9% and I am technically good then I don't need 24x7 hour live chat and still this type of company will be "best" for me.
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