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4 Web Host Warning Signs
Posted By Angela Hammontree On June 1, 2001 @ 12:00 am In Telecom and Wireless | No Comments
Given the large number of Web hosts and the fierce competition among them, Web hosting can be a tricky business.
Countless small Web hosts have gone out of business and even large communications companies like Exodus  have cut staff to reduce costs.
If your Web host goes under, you have problems. Your site might be down for an extended period — at least as long as ittakes to sort out the mess, research and select a new host, and transfer all your files to the new host’s server.
In addition to a major hassle, you could lose sales.
To avoid losing profits, be on the lookout for warning signs your Web host is in trouble. That way, you can put a back-upplan in place that will help smooth the switch to a new Web host without a lot of downtime or lost profits.
What to Watch For
Here are some of the most common indications a Web host is in danger of folding:
You can use these sites to ask about your Web host and to see what experiences other people have had with the company. Orcheck the archives. Previous posts might give you all the information you’re looking for.
“In all aspects, consider sharing your experiences with other customers in any discussion forum the host might offer or on apublic site,” Kevin Martin said. “Broader trends are more likely to be found by sharing information.”
If you find a lot of negative comments about your Web host, devise a backup plan. Particularly, if many posts complaining ofpoor support or other problems are clustered within a recent period of time, this could indicate the Web host is reallystruggling to stay afloat.
Other users of Web host forums can often direct you to more sources of information.
Finally, perhaps your best resource is the Web host itself. Visit the company’s Web site frequently to make sure it still offersservice to new clients.
If for any reason you are concerned about the company’s performance or stability, contact someone in the company. This canbe an eye-opening experience in itself.
If you try to contact management and are unable to reach anyone, or if the company is not responsive to your questions andconcerns, it’s time to consider a new Web host.
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