Every month or so, I decide to make a post similar to this. Why? I think it’s important to remind people that are looking for a host about the potential red flags and pitfalls of some of the “best hosts” out there. If you’ve read other parts of my site you’ll see that a lot of what I do is try to expose other review sites for what they are, money makers. I also like to expose hosts tricks that they use to make more money out of customers. So, what are these things to look out for?

1. Renewal prices – The vast majority of “cheap” hosts offer low introductory rates. However, when your renewal comes you might find your renewal price 4 or 5 times as expensive. Take iPage, for example. Their $1.99/mo special pricing will renew at $10.99/mo. It’s something to look out for. If you see a price like $1.99/mo* you should pay attention to that *. That usually means there’s something up.

2. EIG hosting – EIG hosts, by and large, are bad. They overfill servers to maximize profits. They spare every expense to make sure they make the most money possible. Look at any post about EIG on WebHostingTalk.com and you’ll see what I mean. No, I’m not against making money. Far from it. I am against taking advantage of your customers in order to please your affiliates, though.

For a list of EIG brands you can click here

3. Non-cPanel hosts – Any host that isn’t using cPanel isn’t worth your time. cPanel is the best control panel there is, period. The only reason a company wouldn’t use cPanel is to make it difficult for you to transfer away. Transferring a hosting account from one cPanel host to another is easy because the file and system structure is the same. The host obviously wants to keep you around, and they use the difficulty of transferring away as a tool to do so. They hope that you will get so frustrated trying to transfer that you will just give up.

4. Slow response time – Before signing up for a host try calling or opening up live chats a couple of times. See how long it takes to get through. This will give you an idea of what to expect when you really do need support.

5. How long has the host been in business – The hosting market is over saturated, plain and simple. New hosts are popping up every day, and while this doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t give a newer host a try, you’ll want to have a backup plan if they go under.

Just a few things to keep in mind when searching for a host. Always make sure you have a way out if they don’t live up to your expectations. A minimum of a 30 day money back guarantee is a must.