Web Hosting Blacklist
In order to make sure that you do not succumb to the treacherous cheap web hosting companies that are out there, we have also compiled a list of common "tricks of the trade" that are used to scam unsuspecting customers. Hopefully with your new knowledge, you will be able to avoid cheap hosting companies that do the following:
Lack of Contact Information (telephone, email, etc.)
Some cheap web hosting companies fail to provide an accurate source where they can be contacted. Make sure that you can call your cheap web host and talk to a real person. This way, you will be able to provide names should a problem arise.
Only Long Term Contracts
Many cheap hosting plans offer annual payment only in order to make sure that you will use the service for at least a full year when you sign up. However, some companies mayl not provide you with service for 12 months, even though you have paid beforehand. Avoiding contracts of longer than 12 months would be beneficial when dealing with most cheap hosting companies.
Registering Domain Names in the Web Host's Name
Some hosts that offer to register your domain name for you at no extra charge turn around and register it in their own name! As a result, if you try and move off the name, you will not be allowed because it is registered under their name. Watch out for this scam!
Absence of a Money-Back Guarantee
Every reputable cheap web hosting company offers a money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with their service (30-day minimum).
Complicated Uptime Guarantee
Some hosting providers hide behind their own Terms of Conduct, and have a policy that states that the downtime must be reported by the user in order for them to recognize it.
Currently, we are compiling a 2009 List of Blacklisted Hosts.
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