Tips for Choosing the Best UK Hosting Service
Deciding what UK hosting service to use can be difficult as each one promises to be reliable, affordable and easy to use. But you don’t have to swallow the company line because with a little bit of research you’ll be able to find the perfect host.
They say you get what you pay for and that’s still true: settle for a cheap service and that’s exactly what you’re going to get. If you want quality hardware, reliable tech support and dependable service, be willing to spend some money. Rather than jump on the cheapest service you can find, assess the services first and then compare the costs.
You should also look for any hidden charges or fees: some services offer backup, support, email and domain names for free, while others charge extra for it. If you’re not sure, call the company, but really this information should be on the website and stated clearly.
Some hosting solutions specialise in shared plans, while others are for business startups, and there are still others that cater to large enterprises seeking to expand. Before you settle on a service, get to know the company’s area of expertise and if they meet your requirements. The easiest way to do this is to read industry reviews online and see what people have to say about the service’s weaknesses and strengths.
Check the Specs and Limitations
Look at the website hosting tech specs and if it matches the needs of your website. If you’re going to run an e-commerce site with videos, graphics and other rich content, you’re going to need a full featured hosting service that has the RAM and processing power required to run your website. At the same time the company has to provide the necessary bandwidth and disk space to meet the demands. This cannot be emphasised enough because without the proper specs there’ll be long downtimes.
If your website goes down, can you rely on technical support to be there? Will you be able to talk to a real tech? And if you do get in touch with one, will he/she be able to tell you what’s wrong and what can be done about it? There’s no real way of knowing how the tech support will be like except by reading reviews of the company. While you’re checking, look into the type of customer support options available such as phone, email, live chat etc. The more options provided the better.
One more thing needs to be considered, and that’s the add-ons. There are a lot of UK dedicated servers available, so what makes this particular service different? Look for the extra incentives they offer as this can make all the difference.