Questions about web hosting services Published: Aug 25, 2004
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Hosting plans on the web are getting very competitive and features of each plan is comparatively the same among web hosting providers. Whether novice or expert, you can find some useful information in this article to learn about some of the considerations.

Hosting companies operating in the U.S. are feeling pretty confident about their business outlook in the year 2004. The recovery in the global hosting industry is charging and there is a wide spread confidence in the present internet connection. One of the reason for the upbeat mood is the growing confidence among foreign web users in the operation of the U.S's data center. Thousands of web users are relying hosting companies in the U.S. to provide the level of hosting excellence required to run their websites with minimal interruption. Nevertheless, hosting plans on the web are getting very competitive and features of each plan is comparatively the same among web hosting providers. Whether novice or expert, you can find some useful information in this article to learn about some of the considerations to look at when you choose a web hosting service.

So how do you ensure you get what you ask for or if you are a beginner, how do you choose which hosting companies to sign up?

Take advantage of your customer rights. Here is a set of questions that you can ask before you sign up with any host. If there is any information that is not shown on host's website, remember to ask and get clarification.

General Questions

1) May I know the founder's name and a brief history of his business engagements? 
2) How long has your company been operating to provide hosting services? 
3) How many sites have you hosted? 
4) Could you please send some URL of your customer's website? I would like to determine the web page loading time.


Network and Internet Connection Questions

1) Is your data center equipped with redundant network equipments, power grid or storage device? 
2) Which Internet backbone carrier are you connected with? 
3) I am very interested to host my website on your servers, but my main concern is my website's uptime. I would be glad if you can briefly explain how you manage your servers and network in terms of speed, reliability and bandwidth allocation? 
4) How fast is your network, and what is your uptime guarantee for this plan?

Security Systems Questions

1) If I were to host my website with you, how do you protect my website from spamming, viruses and hijacking? 
2) How do you secure your web servers physically? 
3) Do you use any firewall systems? 
4) Do you monitor site security 24 hours a day?

Web Servers Questions

1) Which brand of server do you use? 
2) Do you use a high-speed SCSI disk drives on the web server for this plan I intend to host? 
3) How many sites do you host per web server for this plan? 
4) Is your database server on an independent server?

Plan/Package Issues

1) What is the rate for additional disk space? 
2) Can I switch to other hosting plan once I sign up this plan? 
3) Could you please let me know all the versions of the software included in this plan? 
4) Do you charge additional fees for hosting a secure web site for this plan? 
5) Can I install additional components and third party software?

Domain Registration and Transfer Issues

1) I don't wish to order the hosting plan yet, however can I park my domain name on your web server before I order? 
2) I am ready to activate the hosting plan. Can you transfer my domain name to your host? 
3) I am ready to activate the hosting plan. How do I transfer my website content to your host? 
4) I am ready to transfer my website to your web server. How do you make sure there is no interruption during the transfer? 
5) How much do you charge for a domain pointer?

Reseller Questions

1) Do you provide reseller service? If the answer is yes, am I qualify as a reseller by purchasing this hosting plan? 
2) Is there any special incentive as a reseller? 
3) Do you provide tools to keep your company anonymous to my customers?

Technical Support Handling

1) How long does it take for you to answer support requests? 
2) How do you handle technical support?

Billing Management

1) Do you provide 30-day money back guarantee? If the answer is yes, how does your 30-day money back guarantee work? 
2) If I want to cancel my hosting account, how long will it take? 
3) If my hosting account is suspended, how long does it take to restore it?

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