Starting a website for the very first time is a rewarding and fascinating experience. There is so much to learn, to see and to accomplish. As a beginner to this aspect of the internet, it is extremely important that you avoid falling into the same traps as those before you. Our best word of advice is to not rush and read up. There are so many resources that cost you nothing more than time that can make the process of selecting the perfect host a breeze.
Shopping by Price
Just like when you’re shopping at a local shop, you don’t want to always go for the lowest price when choosing a web host. The lowest price often comes with decreased quality, limited customer service, a lot of advertisements on your page and inconsistency. While this may work perfectly fine if you are simply creating a page to get a feel for what you’re doing before going officially live, this may not be the best long-term solution. Quality means a lot on the web, as people get bored quickly and are most likely rushing to find what they’re looking for. There are however occasions when using a smaller but reputable company can work for you.
‘Unlimited’ is a Four Letter Word
Space equals money on the web. No company is going to offer you unlimited domains or unlimited storage space. The amount of space you use directly affects your web hosting company. Always read the fine print, especially the Terms of Service Agreement. Many newbies to the hosting world will simply fly through the sign up process and then realize they aren’t actually receiving what they believed they were promised. Read those customer reviews and verify with the BBB to make sure the site you are choosing is something you aren’t going to regret later. Keep yourself protected. Your time and money are valuable and should be treated as such.
Don’t Go Alone
Just like you wouldn’t blindly select a banking account before trusting all of your hard earned cash was in good hands, you should never, ever, ever start a website before having people to discuss concerns with. Sites such as WebHostingTalk are the perfect places to see what types of problems you may run into, voice your concerns and really become one with the online business community. Such forums will help get you caught up to speed and fine tune your goals and expectations for your website. This business is all about trial and error and having a community to learn alongside with makes everything much easier to handle.
If everything feels right and you think it’s time to make your selection, always verify contact numbers and emails specified for customer support. Some sites will have old contact numbers or take a very long time to respond. Make sure you can get a response in a reasonable amount of time because when your site begins getting traffic, the importance of being able to react quickly to customer concerns heightens. Don’t leave people hanging because a bad reputation can quickly spread and is very hard to back pedal when you’re a beginner.