The Things to Be Careful of when Getting Hosting
A lot of web hosts promise a lot of things, but when push comes to shove, they are very rarely able to provide what they say. I had an experience happen where I had a webhost guarantee that I would get five hundred gigabytes of bandwidth which is enough to get thousands of visitors to your site a day. I hit the front page of Digg and suddenly, my site was suspended from the web host. When I went in search of information as to why my site had been removed, they said I used too much CPU. So, I was screwed.
Fortunately for you, I have put together a series of things to look out for when looking to get hosting for your website. If you follow these bits and pieces of information, you are going to be able to protect your site and guarantee you stay up and running.
The first thing to remember is that a server typically costs about $100.00 a month to run on the web host’s side. Chances are, they’ll sell the server for $300.00 a month to make profit. I digress. Typically, that $100.00 gets 1 TB of bandwidth and that’s it. There’s no such thing as unlimited bandwidth. Here’s what a lot of shady web hosts will offer you with that one server:
- Unlimited bandwidth. Look…There’s no such thing as unlimited bandwidth. One server only gets about a TB of bandwidth. They can offer you near unlimited bandwidth, but the thing to remember is that you have to pay for it. The thing to look for when determining if a web host is shady is the cost. Are they saying you’re going to get a TB of bandwidth for $9.99 a month? They’re lying. What they’re actually saying is you’ll get access to a server with a TB, but you can’t use it all because they’ll also sell that same TB of bandwidth to another thousand sites. Sucks, huh?
- 100% uptime. I’m sorry, but there are always hiccups on a server. Whether they only last about ten minutes or they last ten seconds, there are hiccups and those ten seconds when there is a hiccup, people are potentially unable to come to your site. So, if a site says 100% uptime, I typically think that, instead, they get really bad uptime and are trying to get money fast. Typically, you’ll find web hosts getting 99.5% uptime. Crap happens.
- Ridiculously low rates. If you are being charged only $2.99 for a large chunk of hosting (even if it’s not unlimited), you should be careful. There’s a good chance that you’re sharing that hosting with a ton of people and therefore, are not going to get the benefit of all that traffic.
Knowing these details about hosting will protect you from getting scammed. There are a lot of good web hosts on the web. You just need to do some research and find the right ones.