A lot of us know how important a web host is to a website owner. That is because it is the only entity that will allow the latter to have their websites up and running online.
With that being said, since the internet has been around for so many decades now, there is some fierce competition in the niche because web hosting companies are vying for the top stop. They just want to become the best web host out there.
That being said, although the vast majority of hosting companies that you find online employ legitimate means to stay on top; there are some that use shady tactics.
Here are some common tricks that web host companies do that you should know about:
Bandwidth is a measure of data that is going to and from a source. When someone visits your website, for example, that will already use up some bandwidth because the person is requesting files that will be displayed on their screens.
That being said, numerous web hosting companies out there impose bandwidth allocations or limited capacities. For example, they might offer you 200GB of bandwidth per month for, say, $20.
There are also some that will offer you “unlimited bandwidth”, but the speed as to how fast your users can access your page may vary (and may not really reflect good performance).
That is why you have to be wary about these “unlimited bandwidth” schemes because those are the words that will help lure in gullible customers.
When you hear the word “extra”, what usually comes to mind? If I was asked that question, I would say that is some sort of an add-on that is given on top of the base services that you get when you subscribe to a particular service.
However, there are some hosting companies that will use that word to lure you in, when in reality, they are not really “extras” but some additional things that will give you additional expenses.
If a company tries to offer you some “extras”, be skeptical right off the bat and ask if there are no strings attached.
3.Not Accurate Uptime
There are some hosting companies that pride themselves with almost every day server uptime. While this is great news for some potential buyers, you should take this with a grain of salt.
Like I’ve said, again and again, there are some companies that will use these terms to help entice you to sign up.
Perhaps reading up on reviews will help you authenticate their claims.
4.How Many Clients Per Server?
When you are going for a shared hosting service (which is the most common, by the way), you will need to know how many websites are in a particular server computer. This is so that you will know exactly how much resources you have.
You see, a typical server computer should be able to service at least 150 customers, but if it goes beyond that, then that will cause a lot of problems.
Therefore, you have to find out for yourself if a particular web host is telling the truth or not in this regard.