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Web Host Review - Save Time and Money

by Anthony Swisher

The best way to select a quality web host is to take the selection process one step at a time, starting with a web host review site. Review sites have already done the hard work of digging up the prices and features provided by the various hosting companies. This will save you an incredible amount of money and time, as looking for a quality web host can be worse than looking for a needle in a haystack. The best review sites feature various hosts in a top 5 or top ten format so that you can compare the hosts' features and prices at a glance.

When you read a web host review, keep in mind if the host offers a plan to pay for hosting on a month-by-month basis. If a company does not have a 30-days-no-questions-asked-money-back-guarantee or a free one month trial, don't pay for a whole year in advance. If you don't like the host's service level, you may be on the hook for a year's hosting fees and also lose your domain name to them if you decide to leave.

Reading a web host review can be complicated. On the surface, all Web hosts all look alike. Most have offers of ample disk space, unlimited bandwidth usage, free email addresses and developer applications that are included with the hosting fee. However, there is one aspect that puts a host head and shoulders above their competition: their technical support department. A host company can offer the cheapest plans around, but if they are in the least deficient in addressing customer support calls in a timely, effective manner, you will not be patting yourself on the back for having the forethought to save a couple of bucks a month.

The ultimate way to conduct your own web host review after checking out a reputable review site is to call their customer service department as a way to investigate how they deal with customers. They should answer all of your questions pertaining to their company in a helpful, professional manner. If they blow you off because you are not already a paying customer of theirs, look elsewhere for hosting.There are some potential questions to ask of a hosting company you are auditioning to become your host. Ask about what packages do they offer and at what pricing; how many customers do they currently serve; what methods they use to assist customers with technical support needs (telephone, email,live chat) and how long that they have been in the hosting business are all very pertinent questions.

Monday, Dec 28th, 2009