Searching for the right hosting provider is like going trick or treating. Sure, most houses have what you’re looking for, but you can’t tell which houses have the good stuff until you take a look around and see what everyone has to offer.
Of course, there are some differences. When searching for the right hosting provider, there’s a near-endless number of “houses” to visit, and the stakes aren’t just a bag full of candy; they’re your entire business, application, database or web presence.
Knowing that, side-stepping providers who don’t fit your IT and business needs is critical. So here are five frightening features you need to avoid when choosing your hosting provider:
1. Painfully long contracts
If a hosting provider is trying to bury you alive with a long-term contract, that’s a sure sign they’re not interested in your best interest. Monthly billing for dedicated and cloud hosting is ideal; cloud instances that are billable by the hour are a definite plus.
2. Shady SLAs
Check out their SLAs and make sure they’re not all smoke and mirrors. Fully customized dedicated servers should deploy in less than 4 hours, cloud servers in mere seconds and network uptime should be 100%. No compromises. Otherwise, you risk getting overwhelmed by spikes of traffic. Picture trying to weather a zombie invasion without any barricades. Not very pretty, is it?
3. Ghostly customer support
Does their customer support seem non-existent? How easy is it to get in contact with a real person? And if you can get a real person on the line, how familiar with hosting can you expect that person to be? Even the toughest heroes can use the help of a sidekick every once in a while. Make sure that no matter the day of the year or time of the day, you can get in contact with a hosting expert. You never know what will happen, but you should know that you can always depend on their help.
Any hosting provider you’re seriously considering should only use enterprise-grade, reliable gear for servers, storage and network. If the servers and technology they’re hawking sound like they would be more at home in a tomb with a mummy than in a data center, then they’re not suited for your business. Also, if the provider doesn’t have experience with load balancing or customizing your servers to your exact needs with various add-ons, feel free to kick them to the curb. They’re more like raisins than candy at that point. (No offense, raisins.)
5. No true Hybrid capabilities
Being able to connect dedicated servers and cloud servers is paramount to planning for your company’s future growth. The best way to do that is to make sure any provider you’re considering offers an On-Demand Hybrid Capability to connect Cloud and Dedicated Bare Metal resources. That way you’re not just set for now; you’re set for years to come.
These frightening features paint a ghastly picture of a hosting provider. But at Codero, we’re proud to say you’ll never encounter a single one of them when hosting with us. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about what we offer, you can always chat now with one of our experts. We’re always here to help. (Halloween included.)