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  Post #1 (permalink)   03-23-2006, 02:27 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, but it is possible to find a good company if we follow the consequent steps.

Quality V/S Price: Most of the companies offer web space at very low price i.e.99 cents, 1$ per month, these companies reckon to provide very high quality. What quality can you expect with 99 cents web hosting company? My point is, you can't get both quality and price, and you may have to compromise on one aspect at least. Therefore don't get tempted to buy from such low costing hosting company; you may lose on both quality and price. Have an economical budget, if you can afford high priced hosting company, good for you.

But if you can't, don't go very low on your budget. The best way is to keep a medium budget, not too high but not too low. Don't get attracted to the web hosting company which claims to sell web space at the cost of peanut.

Review, Research, Compare:

The first rule, donít blindly believe on advertising tricks, most of them are over hyped, a website is the mirror of any web hosting company.

* Try to scan their websites, their web content, and their site layout. Flashy signs and no specific layout only spells trickery, also review their language in detail, if they have made tall far fletched claims that seems too good to be true stay away from them.

*Compare between the hosting company websites, their features, analyze their costs read their content and then decide which is the best hosting company. Comparison will help you to examine the features of hosting companies and enable you to select the one with the combination of best features and price.

*Try to get the opinions of the hosting company you choose from various acquaintance, business associates, friends etc. Give more importance to word of mouth, if they come from reliable and experienced source. Read various web hosting related forums of your niche market as well. You should also read various web hosting related forums. Also read the testimonials of clients on the website.

* Marketing people will go at any length to allure YOU to become a client.
Beware of such people. While searching for a good hosting company, look for a clean, uncluttered and organized website. Every information should be layered in user-friendly and easy interface. The information should be precise as you wanted and you should have no doubts and confusion in mind, these would be the signs of a good company....but wait, don't buy the plan yet! You have now finalized on 3-4 good websites, but which of them really works well?

* Drop A Ticket: The web hosting company looks good and reasonably priced but what about their service, their response time? Find all these queries.

* If they are truly dedicated customer support, they will clarify your difficulty within shortest response time. If they answer in 2-3 days, they do not care for your valuable time.

* Furthermore by dropping a ticket about a problem which is persistent in your company, which should little intricate and complex and check their response, examine their knowledge when you're interacting on chat/phone.

If they respond fast with satisfactory solution, you have found a reliable web hosting company.

* Go on a free trial: The final test which will determine the reliability of the hosting company. Many hosting companies offer 30 days free trial offer or money back guarantee, you should utilize this service to judge their capability. in this way you can be able to gauge their server speeds, technical aspects, response time, staff attitude etc.

* Bandwidth problems: Some hosting companies support unlimited bandwidth, but for large amount donít just go for unlimited, fix a bandwidth as per your need as to avoid conflict if any.

* Do they help you grow: Your website may be small now, but it may grow tomorrow Clarify these details how they are going to help you when you expand in future.
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  Post #2 (permalink)   03-23-2006, 11:58 PM
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nice post, i guess that is the most asked question that i see on any web hosting forums.
That should be one of the pages people have to read before they
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  Post #3 (permalink)   03-27-2006, 11:29 PM
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Good work "euk-damien" Thanks for investing your time for such a good post.
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  Post #4 (permalink)   03-28-2006, 08:09 AM
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good article. still, there is only one right way to find out if the host is good. try before buy. I always sign up only if there is money back guarantee.
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  Post #5 (permalink)   04-06-2006, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by uptimex
good article. still, there is only one right way to find out if the host is good. try before buy. I always sign up only if there is money back guarantee.
Always read the find print of the money back guarantee!
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  Post #6 (permalink)   04-10-2006, 01:08 AM
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It's indeed a good guide. Well done.

  Post #7 (permalink)   04-10-2006, 05:25 AM
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Even if you take that into part, you still don't know if the company you are going with is good intil you try them out for a few months!!!!

Because when you get hosted by a company there is not only 1 server, a company might have 10 servers........

Now that company your have gone with, everyone says they are great!!!! BUT you sign up for hosting this month and get placed on server 10.

I have now been with this host and I have had my site down 2 times this month, how is everyone saying they are GREAT?????

Well this is wat the client dose not know.....

"Wow what luck do I have.... servers 1-9 have 0 down time, and it seems the only server with down time is the one I'm on"

  Post #8 (permalink)   04-17-2006, 01:54 AM
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cool post, now i could share my new knowledge with other people.

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  Post #9 (permalink)   04-18-2006, 12:00 AM
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Good job
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  Post #10 (permalink)   04-18-2006, 12:19 AM
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Whats the domain for your clan site?
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  Post #11 (permalink)   05-13-2006, 05:47 AM
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  Post #12 (permalink)   05-18-2006, 07:44 AM
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Nice article. Thanks for the info.

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