Given that a web host assumes the responsibility to maintain your website in order to facilitate its smooth functioning, it is prudent to identify the most reliable web hosting company. What are then, the predominant factors that would induce you to select a specific service provider? E-commerce by its very nature has proliferated across the world through the web, and demand and supply are catered to, across the global spectrum on a 24-hour basis. The implication here is that a commercial website is wholly dependent on its smooth functioning continuously, for its success and longevity. So, an e-commercial entrepreneur is well- advised to identify a web host, who can assuage his primal apprehension regarding the flawless functioning of his website. This entails a thorough appraisal of the method and structure of the communication between client and host from the website itself once it has been floated on the internet. This is so crucial, that certain discerning customers compromise on other features offered like band width, disk space, voluminous database access, intricate software etc. The easiest way to do this would be to evaluate the service rendered to an existing client, if possible, making sure the host’s client list include well known firms or individuals. Good service hosts maintain a chat channel with the clients, who readily access technical staff on a 24/7 basis. Software compatibility for every different client is another important factor to consider. The PHP versions are a case in point. Customers can easily be diverted to competing websites if basic requirements are not meant.
Certain hallmarks of reliable web hosting help you identify the right host for you. An important fact to remember is that the web hosting industry is completely over saturated. This implies that the quality of all these hosts is not the same. There are hundreds of completely unscrupulous host operators who provide terrible services, to your considerable loss and dissatisfaction. A reliable web hosting facility will not insist on or deceive you into, registering your domain name with them, by making you feel obliged with their special packages or low rates, sometimes even free subscriptions. This is done with a view to exerting leverage should you fall foul of them. Rather, they will explain that you have the option of registering your domain by yourself and for yourself, through services dedicated for that purpose, on the web itself. This ensures that if you have to reject their services subsequently, for any reason, you can take your domain name to another host without the hindrances of the previous host. Another hallmark of a reliable host is how he explicitly clarifies the term “unlimited” with regard to using his resources on the server. What you must understand is that, the host services hundreds of clients similar to you. So, when he offers his clients “unlimited” access to his resources, he will be at a sorry pass, if all his clients do take advantage of his largesse. Consequently, what the host does is to monitor your activity and every time you exceed his tolerable limits, he pressurizes you into upgrading your account with him, forcing you to pay much more than all his initial, glorious promises.