What you need to know about the web hosting industry

It’s important to know what you don’t know

The web hosting industry makes a lot of assumptions about what their prospects or clients know, and for the most part, think they know more than they really do. Granted, some hosting clients are well versed in CPU models, RAM, bandwidth, cloud scenarios and managed services, but if trouble tickets are telling the truth, quite a few still need help with simple stuff like setting up email.

The more successful hosting providers understand this upfront and offer a knowledgebase on their site that addresses the most frequently asked questions.

You could be putting your business at risk if you don’t find out what you don’t know

From the client’s point of view, price is very important because, let’s face it, times are tough and we all need to get the most bang for our buck. Price alone though doesn’t cut the cake. Why? There are infrastructure variables hiding behind that price point when we’re discussing web hosting.

A teenager can purchase a cheap VPS and start selling plans on their summer vacation, and design a hosting site that compares to hosting providers that own and operate multiple data centers. How would you as a consumer know the difference? And then where would your business be come September when they’re back in school and can only reply to trouble tickets on weekends, if then?

What if you don’t have a clue what you don’t know?

If you find yourself lost in a world of terms you don’t understand like shared hosting, virtual private servers, cloud hosting or colocation, start by performing Google queries for hosting providers and compare multiple sites, including their knowledgebase articles.

Check the hosting provider’s site for Live Chat

Surprisingly, a lot of hosting providers don’t offer Live Chat, or if they do, it’s only on the sales side, or it’s not actually “Live” 24/7, just during their working hours. Most business owners know upfront what type of site they’d like to have online, but don’t know what type of hosting plan would match their requirements, and Live Chat offers them that opportunity to ask questions before they purchase a plan.

So what do you ask of potential hosting providers?

I’d recommend asking how many technicians they have on their staff, at levels 1, 2 and 3 and how they escalate trouble tickets. If your site goes down after normal working hours, you don’t want a level one tech telling you you’ll have to wait until a supervisor comes in next morning to get you back online.

  • Ask how long they’ve been in business and how many clients they have. If they’ve only been around for a year or two and have less than ten clients, that should raise red flags.
  • Ask if they have a migration path if your business grows. If they only offer shared hosting and you’re projecting growing your traffic to where you’ll need a dedicated server in the next three years, keep looking.
  • And lastly, listen to how each prospective hosting provider responds to your questions. You may not be able to read their body language, but you can gauge the tone of their voice and how you perceive their interest in your business.

The real measure of a great hosting provider is not the plans they offer, rather how they treat their clients. Cross-industry, companies that survive the test of time are those that realize the lifetime value of their clients.

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Steve

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