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Best Practices for Web Hosting / Business in general

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Dr_Scythe, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Dr_Scythe

    Dr_Scythe Regular Member

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    I've seen quite a few posts/threads recently regarding getting screwed over by web hosting companies / loosing data / ripped off etc and thought I'd post some common practices to keep yourself safe.

    Web Hosting Providers

    - NEVER sign up with a new company for a 1 yr contract straight off the back. Trial their service with monthly payments. IF/WHEN you are satisfied with their service and support and the incentive is attractive enough upgrade to longer payment terms.

    - KEEP A BACKUP your hosting company isn't invincible. They are not perfect either. Mistakes happen, hackers are vast. One of Australias largest web hosts got viciously hacked recently and over 1,000 shared hosting customers lost their websites. Anyone without a backup was pretty much screwed in this case.

    Amazon S3 is a very cheap cloud storage service and there are many available plugins for Wordpress/Joomla/etc that will automatically backup to S3 and simplify the restore process.

    If you value your data even remotely this is worth it. (Also comes in handy when you break something on your site and want to restore a previous version)

    - RESEARCH! There are so many resources to research a company before signing up. BHW Shit list, Web Hosting Talk, Country related forums, Google the company + reviews.

    Always trust forums with personal responses rather than "best web hosting" sites where the information is from the website owner. Alot of these sites are in fact owned by web hosting providers that provide false reviews and ratings.

    - TEST! Test out your prospective companies support system. Even if their website is highly informative and you understand everything it sais test out their support. Call / E-Mail / Support tickets. Try all possible channels and measure response and usefulness of replies. Good to know ahead of time how useful they will be when you do have a problem. (Also make your question technical so it goes more towards tech support staff rather than sales people)

    - RED FLAGS! There are many indicators after sign up that it might be time to jump ship and find a new provider. Some of these include:

    Demanding you to upgrade to yearly payment plans.
    Nulled and Pirated software on VPS's
    Excessive Downtime
    Lack of Communications / Support

    Alot of people notice these things and don't act on them. If a company doesn't have the captial/income to pay for legitimate software or needs people to upgrade to yearly payment plans to pay the bills it's obvious they aren't going to be around long. Take your backups and get out!

    That's about all I can think of at the moment. Hope some of you find this usefull.

    Most of these things you can apply to business deals and joint ventures as well.

    Stay safe online everyone :cool:
     
  2. Baybo.it

    Baybo.it Registered Member

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    Great tips, I've been scr*wed over by a couple of hosts before -- especially regarding not re-registering domains and LOSING some really hard earned domains to expiration and registrar bots.

    Thanks for this.
     
  3. Dr_Scythe

    Dr_Scythe Regular Member

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    Just reminded me of another good tip I use. Not too important if you trust your proivider but I like to be safe.

    Keep your domains on a seperate provider to your hosting. I've heard of a few cases where cheap hosts that give you "free domains" don't let you move the domain elsewhere. And have actually registered it to themselves and other crazy things.

    I also only deal with domain registrars that are reputable and are properly registered not just reselling from a big company.
     
  4. mantwo

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    Good tips man.
     
  5. Dr_Scythe

    Dr_Scythe Regular Member

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    Cheers!

    PS: The thanks button is there for a reason :p
     
  6. thinksmarty

    thinksmarty Junior Member

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    I am kind of unsure as to why the domains have to be on a different server for hosting?