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Can you trust your web host?
©2005 Julie Ryals - TheDesignShoppe.com
How well do you know how well your web host is handling
their business? Basic facts are that it costs a minimum
of $3,000 a year for a well maintained server. That cost
doesn't include cPanel licensing, Fantastico privileges,
Secure Certificates and any regular maintenance fees
that a host incurs to maintain their servers. Do the
math and try to figure out how much they'd have to
charge per client to keep low monthly fees. Or even
worse, do the math and try to figure out how many
clients they are putting on one server to make that
Today, you can buy a hosting business for like $29.95
per year off ebay. Anyone can do that. But, what do you
get? You'll get a host that either goes down often
because they have to overload a server to make any type
of profit. You could be buying into a company that goes
out of business without any notice. You could be buying
into a company that is overseas and you have no
recourse. They could just get bored with it and go
Hosting companies that offer web hosting for let's say:
$3.95 per month for 1,000MB of web space, are a dime a
dozen. Multiply that out as to how many accounts would
be on that server to make a profit. Most hosting clients
only use 50MB of space per account. Those that offer an
ungodly amount of space is banking that you will not use
it. Anytime you see rates like that, let that be a red
flag to you. Unlimited bandwidth is one of the more
popular ploys that some companies use in order to
attract your business. It's worked on this principle:
the vast majority of web site hosting clients will not
be big bandwidth users, therefore lowering the average
bandwidth usage across the entire client base. Meaning,
they "count" on you not using it.
This situation allows hosting companies some room to
move and if a few clients use a few hundred MB's above
the average, it's no real problem. But if you start
using a few gigs or more above the average, they will
start getting nervous quickly. All bandwidth costs money
and it's anywhere from around $3.00 to $5.00 a gig
depending on the company's upstream provider.
Bottom line: For the companies that offer
"unlimited bandwidth" hosting, it is not in their
interest to have clients that will actually use
Try testing this out. The next time you visit an
unlimited bandwidth company web site, send a note to
their sales department stating that you are interested
in using their services and that your site uses 50GB a
month. They'll have to lie to get you as a customer.
They may not even reply.
The "Unlimited Disk Space" offer is much like the
unlimited bandwidth scam. All disk space must be paid
for by the company and if you greatly exceed their user
average, you may find that you cannot upload any more
files once you reach their "reasonable use" limits.
Worse still, they may see you as being a problem and
drop your account altogether - without warning. Ask them
how many hosted accounts are on one server. Ask them how
much total disk space is currently used on one server.
Hopefully they will be honest and tell you.
One big thing to make sure is that the hosting company
that you trust your business to will be around. Make
sure that your host is not just an affiliate of a
hosting company. There is a fairly big mom site out
there right now offering web hosting. It's an affiliate
program! It's branded to make it look like they are a
host and even has their logo. At anytime, the issuing
company can drop the affiliate program. Who will you
contact? If you are with a reseller, make sure they are
dependable. If they do not pay their server bill, your
site is shut down along with everyone under their
reseller plan. Again, who do you contact? You've paid
your reseller. They took your money. The server hasn't
been paid, so your site is not put back up unless you
pay the server owners!
Things to help you by checking out your potential new
host or checking up on your current one:
1. Verify who they are in any whois lookup. If
they hide their name, address or phone - forget that
2. How long have they been in business. Remember
that a domain could of been bought years ago yet only
made active months prior.
3. Client testimonials. Do they have any that are
not just stuff like "Sally H says" or "Susie Q says"?
Verifiable links are best.
4. Ask some of the important questions above
regarding MB of space and Bandwidth usage if the plan
rates don't match up.
5. What type of server would you be on?
The language your site is written in makes a different.
If at all possible, it's best to stay away from a windows-based
server. You can do a search online and see
thousands of potential reasons to stay away from ASP
coded web sites.
6. Do they have a site builder? Easy
site builder programs are a great way to lure in new
clients. BUT... many are not transferable.
It means that the host technically owns your site.
You can move hosts, but only your domain name and
content. You cannot move the "easy site builder".
7. Know if where the host gets their
servers are even in this country!
8. Last and most important: If it looks to good
to be true - it probably is. Do the math.
9. There is no
such thing as "unlimited" in web
I hope this information helps at least one person
online. Remember you are trusting your whole online
business to a web host. Go with someone who has a
verifiable track records as stated above. Of course, we
recommend ourselves! We are dependable, reliable and
affordable! With a track record to prove it.
Julie Ryals is owner of her own web company called
www.TheDesignShoppe.com. Her company is not a
reseller nor an affiliate of someone else. She has been
in business online for nearly 10 years. She has a
management team that maintain her servers to the highest
security standards 24/7. She has an experienced staff
with each having a minimum of 5 years experience in web
design, web hosting and technical support. They also
give back online and support moms in business by owning,
maintaining and yes, web hosting the very popular
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