How to Avoid Buyers Remorse

Nearly everyone who has purchased a webhosting package has experienced the sinking feeling that accompanies seeing an advertisement for another package that is much cheaper.

Web hosting in an incredibly competitive field and there are thousands of hosts in existence. Since they have to remain competitive, most of these companies either offer time limited specials or do the best they can to undercut the competition. While this does result in better prices for you, the buyer, it can also result in buyer’s remorse, if you are paying too much.

Before you kick yourself, there are several ways that you can avoid buyer’s remorse when shopping for a web hosting package. The tips below will walk you through the process of finding the best deal, before you sign on the dotted line.

1. Look before leaping. Don’t be afraid to comparison shop for the best deal. It can be easy to be swayed by a great promotional package, but remember, there are many deals out there. Do your homework to make sure this is really the best deal around.

2. Comparison Shop. Take some extra time to compare the web hosts that appeal to you. You can go by price, features or whatever is important to you for your website.

3. Keep Track. It can be easy to forget which hosting company was offering which deal. Instead of losing track of the one company you were really interested in, try to keep a hard copy log of all the companies that appeal to you while you are comparison shopping.

4. Take Your Time. If you have just registered your domain, it will take a few days to propagate anyway. You can take this time to make a good decision before rushing into an agreement.

5. Look for Reviews. A hosting company may talk a good game, but do they deliver? Try to find reviews for the hosting companies you are interested in. This will cut down on getting stuck with a company that does come through on their promises.

6. Look for Testimonials. Does the hosting company you are looking at provide testimonials? Do they seem legitimate? An ethical hosting company will not be adverse to providing testimonials or customer feedback.

7. Stay away from Set-Up Fees. There are many hosting companies that are not charging set-up fees for new accounts. You can most likely find a similar deal without a set-up fee, if you do your homework.

8. Watch for Scams. If something seems to good to be true, it probably is. There have been plenty remorseful buyers who feel for a fly-by-night hosting company’s promises. Do your homework before you give any company your hard earned money.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:34 PM

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