(The Hosting News) – Managed hosting is tricky business. Some companies will charge you hidden fees for no name products you’ve never heard of along with your service contract. Be sure to stay aware of the possibility that you could become a victim. Sometimes, as with all fine print contracts, unscrupulous businesses will attempt to involve you in more than just a hosting package.
As an example, some companies use deliberate false advertising to lure new customers into their business model. While false advertising is illegal, there are many companies that can and do get away with it every single day. How do you shield yourself from the pitfalls of false advertising? Only do business with companies that can match up with a validation service. If the company is not established, reputable, and trustworthy for years, don’t risk your hard earned dollars without doing your research.
Other times, hosting companies will offer lengthy contracts at unbeatable prices. While this would be an effective method to save a lot of cash, if you have no previous hosting experience with a company, why risk having to cancel the contract early? That will only end up costing you more money and stress than it’s worth. You’re better off signing up for short term contract you can trust, rather than a long term contract that could end up hurting your pocket book.
Some hosting providers will register your new domain in their company’s name, locking you into service with them as long as you own the domain. Not only is this part of the intricate fine print of a service contract, you probably won’t realize it until it’s too late. Not having control of your domain name can mean the disappearance of countless Web site visitors who have come to rely on knowing your Web address, should you be forced to change hosting providers.
And, the unlimited bandwidth clause you all hear about, don’t trust it. Believing in such a claim is complete and utter rubbish. No matter what a hosting provider claims, if you exceed a certain bandwidth amount, you WILL be charged for the overage. Think about it! Can any business offer their services completely free of charge and still stay in business? Well, yes and no. The only way you would ever get unlimited bandwidth without a catch is to display the company’s banner advertisements on your page. Having to do this would make your page look unprofessional and second rate. Don’t fall into believing this myth.
A money back guarantee should be part of the fine print of any contract you sign. The ability to recover your money should you be unsatisfied with a service is of the utmost financial importance. Don’t settle for less, part of your financial well being depends on it. If a certain company doesn’t offer this, maybe it’s time to ask yourself why that is the case: could it be that they don’t have confidence in their ability to provide value? If that is the case, how can you trust a business ran by people who do not even have confidence in their ability to generate win-win situations?
Have someone skilled in the field of terms and conditions go over the hosting agreement with you. If there are any hidden offers for worthless products and services you don’t want, you’ll surely be able to spot them. Knowing what’s in the fine print of your hosting contract can keep you safe from exorbitant and unnecessary fees and charges. As always, buyer beware!
Checking out the background history of the hosting provider in question should ultimately help you decide whether or not you sign with them. Past history is usually indicative of future performance when it comes to hosting companies and the more positive aspects a company has working in its favor, the better off you’ll be. For example, a four year track record of outstanding service and dedication to quality assurance is an example of a highly desirable company.
There you have it! These are the potential dangers and the things you should be looking for when signing up for a managed dedicated hosting service. Believe us, people have been scammed, tricked and led to believe all sorts of things by more than a few popular scam artists. Protect yourself from becoming a victim by thoroughly researching any company you’re considering. This will keep you safe and guarantee that your next hosting experience is fantastic.