Myths about Web Hosting providers

Many hosting providers are clever with words, and it is not uncommon for people to get fooled by their sneaky little tricks: Unlimited bandwidth, Unlimited disk space, 24/7 email support and so on.

Unlimited bandwidth
There is no such thing as unlimited bandwidth. The reason they can make this false promise of unlimited bandwidth is because you will probably never reach the maximum amount anyway. Pay no attention to “unlimited” anything.

Unlimited disk space
This is pretty much the same as the first myth: there is no such thing as unlimited disk space. Web hosts that claim this probably offer much less disk space than you think.

24/7 email support
We have found this pretty amusing for some time. Yes, you will be able to send your host an email anytime, day or night, 7 days a week. But it is not working 24/7 to answer your queries. Find a host that provides live online 24/7 support with a live representative; you’ll be able to reach someone soon then.

99.9% uptime guarantee
This is the industry standard, and most hosts guarantee this. Do not get fooled by some hosts’ sneaky way of making it sound like they have no downtime, though. Wikipedia has a good list of uptimes and downtimes, down to 0.001%. As mentioned earlier, 99.9% uptime is possible, but check the terms for what exactly the “guarantee” is.

Instant activation
Sign up, pay by credit card, and boom, your website is online and ready to go. Not so fast, cowboy. It can take up to 48 hours for all DNS servers (located around the world) to update their databases. The fastest we have seen one of our websites go online is one hour.

Transfer your website in just a couple of steps
Those “couple of steps” always turn out to be several yards. Don’t switch Web hosts over a couple of dollars. Do your research and find out if the new provider’s service really is that much better than your current host’s.

Unlimited email accounts
Your email accounts have mailbox size limitations. While you can, in theory, create dozens of email addresses, the mailbox size of each will be quite small. Exceeding your limit with one email address can be expensive.

We should mention at this point that the remaining points, numbers 8 to 10, come from interviews we conducted with representatives of Web hosting providers. While these points may seem a bit tired, they were at the top of their list of problems. Please read through and keep these points in mind.

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