Whether you are looking to start a new webhosting contract or simply re-examining your existing webhosting agreement in preparation for a renewal or service change, there are several things to keep in mind when reviewing the webhosting service plans available to you.
You need to think about limits to traffic, storage space, file transfers, and email boxes, plus setup fees, advertising, and blogging support.
Look carefully at any traffic limits imposed by your webhosting company.
Chances are good that you will never go over any webhosting traffic limits, but on the chance your website gets picked up by a major media source, you could get an exponentially large number of hits from new visitors.
You want to make sure that there's a procedure in place for a spike in traffic so that users still see your site and not an error page that says your site can't handle the additional traffic. You also want to find out how much this coverage costs.
Your webhosting agreement is also very likely to specify space limits. How big can your website be? With a good plan for growth, you'll know how big you can grow your website while still in the same cost plan.
How many people in your organization need an email address? Some webhosting companies limit the number email boxes according to service plan.
You need to determine if only essential people will be getting email addresses or if you can afford to give them to everyone.
Some webhosting companies require new customers to pay setup fees as part of their new accounts. Depending on the fee, you may want to ask about having that fee waived. It's possible, if you have the potential to be a really big customer, so it's worth asking.
Data transfer limits
Webhosting companies usually have data transfer limits on their webhosting plans. This means that you can only upload or download a certain amount of information every month.
Before signing up for any plan, you should have a good idea of how many files you need to move every month. Overage costs can be significant.
Webhosting companies are also compatible with some programming languages and database programs.
You should look and see which programming languages, like PHP, ASP, and Perl, your website requires before signing up for a webhosting plan. Also, look to see if the company supports MySQL or MS SQL if your website requires that too.
Advertising on site, emails, etc.
Another thing to look at in your webhosting agreement is the company's ability to place advertising on your website or in your emails. This may be something that you can opt out of or not.
Blogging software avail
And with the popularity of blogging, you should check your webhosting plan for any support for blogging software.
Is it pre-installed or do you need to do it? Does the hosting company charge extra for it? While you may not think you need a blog now, you might want one later so it's better to know about it now.