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Shady Web Hosts: 6 Signs Your Web Host Might Not Be Legit

By Kathy Jhones

Anyone who has ever run a website that wasn’t hosted on Geocities or Angelfire knows that you get what you pay for most of the time. This is understandable, but the problem comes in when you “pay” for having chosen the wrong web hosting service. It’s easy enough to do and we all make mistakes, so don’t punish yourself too heavily if you discover your web host isn’t quite the outstanding business they claim to be.

The listings below are the most common aspects that should be taken note of, and which may serve evidences that your current web host provider is trying to hide something that is not really legal. Why only six? Because, from the moment you learn that your host is not really that credible enough, or not legally existing, you may burse into rage like you’re in the middle of digital hell, hence, 6 is the number of the devil.

6) Learning to Share – When you sign up for web hosting you’ll often be offered a lower cost alternative to renting your own web server that is usually called ‘shared hosting’. This can be an excellent way to reduce your costs when your site is young, or if you are not using heavy bandwidth and server space. Shared hosting is defined as a server that hosts multiple accounts. All of the websites each appear on the web just as they would with a unique server, nothing weird about it.

Shared hosting does not mean that you “share” the time your website is up with other accounts on the shared server. When your host tries to tell you that each account on the shared server gets equal time being live on the web, it’s time to move on. This is not a round robin system of web hosting and you shouldn’t have to “take your turn” having your site be accessible from the internet.

5) Outsourcing: Poor English Grammar – Today, businesses are now inclined to getting the services of laborers outside of their country mainly, from the developing countries who has a bit lower prices in terms of labor costs. Thus, they are able to get the job done with the results expected and gained at a cheaper cost. Also they claim of providing jobs for the less fortunate.

Sometimes, we may receive responses from the company technical or customer service representatives that are poorly written in the language. This holds to be true even for the native speakers and to those who were born in an English speaking country. We just try to decipher of its meaning and just make sense out of it.

In most cases of probability, we often get e-mails, notices, letters from the respective personnel of the hosting company either in billing or collections, customer support, or technical support wherein such e-mail or notice have been poorly written. We don’t really want to receive such notifications that we barely could understand, those which are seemingly translated from an internet site or program that does not give importance to its grammatical correctness. As a client, you have to be accorded of quality service at all times most especially when you are requesting for aid and assistance.

Definitely, even your lengthiest patience could be challenged physically by any of those crap materials that are sent by your web hosting company. In this case, you should be totally considering the idea of searching for a new host company.

4) Your Web Host Goes REALLY Green – While the global movement to reduce carbon footprints and conserve energy in an effort to salvage the environment is certainly a good one, certain individuals may take the concept a bit too far. Plenty of hosting companies are “going green”, among them some of the most reputable in the business, but like any concept there are those who will get squirrelly and try to leverage the charitable idea for their own ends.

With the above stated facts, you may start worrying when eventually your host provider would be announcing a time limit on your up-time because they are trying to save on energy. For example, the company announces just a 70% uptime for a certain number of days perhaps. Their intentions may be good but it should not be done at the expense of their services to their clients. Your website has nothing to do with their advocacy, so they should keep it running the whole time.

You should always be on the watch for any of these web hosting companies for your online business not to end up suddenly with losses.

3) The President of Your Host Company is Not a Reputable Man – To assess on whether what kind of person runs your hosting company, you may find it beneficial to make an advance personal checkup of him over the internet. Most of the people now are concerned about the true identities of their new friends and new business partners as well. So there’s nothing wrong on a having a free background check of that person on Google. Most people now rely on Google to obtain relevant information with most of the personalities.

When you type in the name of your company over at Google, tries to make a search and eventually gives you results from most of illegal topics, then there is definitely something wrong with the legitimacy of your host. Be cautious for you might end up on a trap related to money laundering, swindling or just plain racketeering. Oftentimes these “too good to be true” websites often offer lower prices just to entice someone of signing up. Be careful with paying out sums to these kinds of people in order for you not to throw those hard earned cash into waste.

2) Atypical Requests – When you sign up for a web hosting company, it’s definitely a good idea to be on friendly terms with your provider, but sometimes things can get a little too, well, intimate. While you do want to be personable with those whom you conduct business with, it’s a smart idea to keep things on a professional level. Customer feedback is one thing, but if your host asks for unusual favors, you shouldn’t feel you have to oblige.

You should be skeptical in certain cases like your host already sends out e-mails and communications urging you to meddle with his private life or family life. In a certain situation, if the host asks for your assistance in transferring out funds from one account to another with the promise of a large sum to be paid to you, might already be a suspicious one. Although it is very much quite enticing on your part, it is better not to entrust business affairs or money matters to people whom is relevantly not very much close to you personally.

1) Control over your web host has been passed on to the “Family” – Almost like any other business organizations, web hosting companies also have the tendencies of being sold out to another and would definitely have relative changes on the management style. In these cases there is nothing to be worried of unless there will also some drastic changes in the terms of service of the company or the way it conducts its operations. You may feel the need of changing providers at this instant.

Of course, when a business changes hands you will often be asked to send your payments to the new company. Yet, if you get asked to send your bill to Joey “The Fish” Castigliani who resides at a Chicago address but you’re requested to make the check out to Sam Poppenfields, then your suspicions are rightly aroused. In these hard economic times, businesses often need extra capital to stay afloat, but still, taking loans from certain “businessmen” is not the brightest ideas.

Always be vigilant on your transactions with other people. Most of the web-hosting companies are genuinely legal but there are the illegitimates too. And in case you have decided to move out of that company, be sure that you have fully settled your obligations.

That is certainly true for you to avoid any future complications.

And surely you don’t want to have headaches caused by things that could have been prevented.

Laurence Flynn is the CEO of HostNexus, a top Reseller Hosting provider. Thousands of webmasters switch to HostNexus every year, lured in by incredible uptime and excellent uptime. Check out HostNexus today!

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