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Buyer Beware of Cheap Web Hosting Companies

Are you in the market for a web host for your website? Well buyer beware! There are literally thousands of fly-by-night companies out there that are willing to take your money and run, and not care when your site goes down. We know how important it is that your site is up, because if your site is down, part of your business is down. We have seen hundreds of customers come to us angry and frustrated about having purchased some big amount of web space really cheap, only a month later to find their site down and their host not returning their emails. So the following is a list of things that you can do to protect yourself. Ask these questions, and you can't go wrong.

- Find out how long the company has been in business and how many customers they currently serve.

- Find out what kind of technical support they offer. If your site is down at 6 pm and they only offer 9-5 support, then your site could potentially be down for many hours before anyone responds to you.

- Find out how much web space you will receive with your account. As a general rule, if any company is offering you Unlimited hosting or is offering you more than 1 GB of space for less than $10 per month, then run away and don't look back. Look for a host that has prices that are comparable in the range of other hosts on the web. If you go cheap you may end up in trouble, and paying at least $10 a month for space is not a lot of extra money for some peace of mind.

- What is their uptime guarantee? Find out what percentage they guarantee your site will be up. But most importantly, if they fail to meet that percentage, make sure you have it in writing from them exactly what compensation you will get in such an event.

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