After carefully selecting and evaluating the plan that you want to pay for your web hosting needs, you need to make sure that the partner you choose, is living up to your expectations.
This means knowing that you are being allotted what you should be entitled to and at the same time, that you got everything that you ask for. This can be quite easy since most of the stuff associated with the hosting plan, is easily verifiable.
Check Ad Credits And Freebies
One of the easiest things to verify is the freebies and ad credits. Ask for the details of the ad credits and then use them to test if they are really attributed to you. You can then verify this by actually looking for the Facebook ads, for example.
Directory listing for SEO management is also easy to verify. Just visit the directory where you are supposed to be listed and visually verify the results. Other freebies such as a free domain is also easy to check – when you set your domain (whether a new one or renewing an old domain), you can easily know if this was successful by the actual assignment of the domain to you.
Your money back guarantee can be quite tricky to verify since you actually need to process a refund, in which case, you may not really want it at this time.
Check Features And Tools Promised
The features and tools that were promised to you (and in most cases, the deciding factor) is easily checked by going to the admin panel of your web host.
For example, if you are using cPanel, you can check the icons in your dashboard related to the features that you want like the database setup or the email settings and features.
In terms of the email settings, you need to create an email account first and then check the spam settings, check if it is connecting, sending and receiving as it should.
Other features that you might want to check are:
- Support for WordPress. Do this by actually downloading and installing your WordPress kit. If you went for the one-click installation features then this should be done in less than 10 minutes.
- Check the number of databases assigned to you.
- Check the shopping carts installed
- Check the drag and drop tools for site building, as promised.
- Upload some multimedia files to test this feature
It is just a process of checking and double checking the features that matter to you the most and then flag the team if there is something missing.
Check Customer Support Channels
Try placing a call or sending an email asking for tips or troubleshooting help early on. This will help trace if their customer support channels are really active and easy to reach.
Everyone is promised a 24/7 support network and it is well within your right to test this, to make sure that they are living up their side of the bargain.
Other Things To Check
Other things that you can check are your data traffic allocations (viewable from the stats in your control panel), the version and type of control panel given to you and you can also verify who owns the hosting that you are using.
There is nothing wrong with going with resellers – which is close to half of the providers out there. Jeff is free lancer writer and expert in providing Best Hosting Ratings.