When you pay a web host for hosting services, you pay for their ability to serve a website.
But what happens when that website is also hosting your ads?
In a new blog post from the New York Times, Chris Hargrove and David Kroll explain the problems that arise when web hosting companies, and especially those that host their own web pages, are trying to keep your site running.
The two write that hosting companies that have their own domain name, for example, can be very valuable for businesses that are willing to pay a premium for the privilege.
But they warn that a hosting company can also be a buyer-beware opportunity for web hosts who don’t want to be tied down to a single domain name.
They write:We recommend that you do not pay for hosting at a hosting provider who offers only one domain name for your site.
This is not a contract.
A host who does not offer one domain will not be able to offer a different one to you at a later time.
Hosting companies are also liable for any server problems that may arise from the use of a third-party hosting provider.
So, if your hosting provider fails to respond to your requests for a service, it can potentially cost you money, or even damage your site’s reputation.
For instance, a hosting service that has problems with a particular server may take weeks or even months to resolve.
And a hosting system that doesn’t provide a good quality of service could also end up costing you money.
This all adds up to the very real possibility that you’ll be paying a higher price for a webhost’s services, since you’re paying a service that may not be available at a reasonable price.
For more, read our story about web hosting providers and what you can do to protect yourself against online scams.
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