How long has the company been in operation? Make sure you choose an experienced company. Ask them how long they have been in operation if it’s not shown on their website.
Is the price within your budget?
Space & Bandwidth.
Be very wary of companies that offer unlimited space and bandwidth. The fact is there is no such thing. It is a marketing ploy to get your business but in fact it can attract the wrong kind of customer who may be abusing the server that YOU are sharing. Anything above 150mb data and 25gb bandwidth should be more than ample for almost all websites.
Do they have uptime stats so you can confirm that they have no downtime with their server?
Do they have an easy to use control panel such as cPanel to manage your website?
Email some questions and see how long it takes to get a reply. This will give you an idea how quick their support may be in future.
Do they have other services under the one roof to make everything simpler for you, such as domain registration, website build, remote support or a maintenance plan if required?
Do they have any current clients you can call for a testimonial?
If they get ticks for all of the above and you are still not sure ask for a 30 day trial. Most hosts if confident in their service will allow you to test the server for 30 days.
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